Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jason Wright Stops by Rachelle's Writing Spot

I have a special guest today for my Thursday Thought!

I hope you enjoy this video message from NYT Bestselling author Jason Wright. I'm currently reading his latest book, The 13th Day of Christmas. Jason is a talented writer who inspires and enlightens.

Visit Jason's website for more info 

Marva Ferguson has a very personal Christmas tradition that happens every December 26. As an aging widow, the tradition means more to her now than it ever has. Her newest neighbor, nine-year-old Charlee, loves Christmas too. But her family has fallen on hard times and things get worse when Charlee becomes critically ill. Then, on December 12, Charlee makes a wonderful discovery. A mysterious note is delivered that promises twelve days of gifts and stories that will reveal the truth behind the beloved Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. As the days go by, the gifts hint at a possible lost lyric. Was there once a 13th day of Christmas? And if so, could its magic change or save a life? If Marva knows something about the letters from the Elves, she s not telling. However, you don t live as long as Marva Ferguson and not have a secret or two including a whole lot of faith in your apron pocket. Filled with laughter, tenderness, and hope, The 13th Day of Christmas invites us to see how an old Christmas favorite can turn into a true Christmas miracle.
  Every year, we love taking our kids shopping to buy gifts for children their ages to teach them about giving. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving! It's so much fun to get together with family, eat good food, relax, do some shopping, make some cards. This year my brother is visiting with his family from the east coast and I'm thrilled to get to meet my newest niece who is already one year old!
And my hubby cooks a delicious turkey!

In preparation for Turkey Day, we cleaned our house and I washed all the bedding, exchanging the kids sheets for a flannel set their Grandma had given them last year. While folding the extra set of sheets to put away, I was struck by just how fortunate we are. You see, we have EXTRA sheets and I know there are many people who don't even have one good set. My kids also have extra socks, underwear, and clothes. We have extra food in our pantry. And gas in our vehicles.
Yes, we still have our share of bills--medical, dental, orthodontist, you get it, but I am so thankful that we can make those payments and my children can have good health, good teeth, and straight teeth too! :)

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving. If you'd like, you can stop over to Mashed Potatoes and to see our little Turkey creations.

What simple joys are you thankful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Imperfectly Beautiful Book Blast for Diony George

Imperfectly Beautiful by Diony George

At 1:30 am, in New York City, Regan Wright is ripped out of a sound sleep with a jolt - her heart thuds in her ears and her face feels flushed. Straining to hear anything out of the ordinary, she fumbles to turn on the bedside lamp. Nothing seems out of place. Suddenly her stomach twists in knots - it's her identical twin, Rebecca. Something is terribly wrong...

Though twins, Rebecca and Regan couldn't be more different.

Independent and outspoken, Regan chose a high-profile career as a fashion designer in New York City. Despite her hard-earned success, Regan’s become disillusioned by the glamour and the glitz. She’s tired of coming home to a lonely penthouse apartment welcomed only by her cat and has all but given up on ever finding “Mr. Right.”

Steady and reliable, Rebecca chose to be a wife and stay-at-home mom. From the very first moment she met James Conrad—tall and muscular with eyes as blue as a cloudless sky—she was captivated. Married and four children later, Rebecca’s life is not what she expected. Her marriage has lost its shine and her sweet babies have become challenging and often unappreciative children.

Both Rebecca and Regan must discover, a higher power has the answers to what matters most, but when a serial killer strikes nearby, and his victims look eerily similar to the twins, will it be too late?

Praise for Imperfectly Beautiful

“5 Stars! Great Novel-Romance with Suspense. Captures your attention from the very beginning...then difficult to put down...A good solid read!”
-Booklover, amazon review

“This was a great book. I could relate to Rebecca and the trials she was going through with her marriage and her children. I feel this way at times too. I liked the suspense and it was enough to keep my hooked…” 
-K. Neilson, Utah

“I enjoyed the development of the characters. Lots of dialogue took me right into the everyday lives and struggles of each person. The underlying story of the unsolved murders of women who look like the twin sisters simmers through out the chapters until it finally boils over into an exciting ending! I recommend it!”
-J.T. Bolla, Washington


Author Diony George

Diony George is a wife, full-time mom of seven, grandmother of two, and a published author of uplifting women’s fiction and inspiring nonfiction. She is also a regular contributing writer for Deseret Connect and FamilyHow. Originally from Alaska, she currently lives in Salt Lake City with her family. Besides writing she loves to read, especially romantic suspense, bake, sew and craft.

Her current fiction WIP, Inside the Heart, is based around the kidnapping and disappearance of four-year-old Emma and is slated for release in Feb 2013. Her next nonfiction book, Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away will be released by Cedar Fort, Inc in July 2013.


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thoughts from How to Treat Your Pregnant Wife by Michael Snapp

Today I get to share some thoughts from a new author, Michael J. Snapp. He wrote this great little book called, How to Treat Your Pregnant Wife. And since I have four children and very difficult pregnancies, I thought, Man, this is a great idea! Wish I would've had this sooner! My husband, Steve, is pretty thoughtful, but I think men in general have a hard time understanding pregnancy and how difficult it is on so many levels for the woman.
This book combines humor and good sense with an extra dose of thoughtfulness to keep your pregnant wife uplifted during her pregnancy.
I asked Michael to share a thought with us about his book and why he decided to write it. Here's what he said:
 "I want couples to grow closer together. What better time than when pregnant? Whether it's the first or last pregnancy, that's a critical time for couples to get and remain close! I want guys to commit to being real men, and make their wife and kids a priority. I want them to have an increased awareness of their wife's feelings and needs...and an amplified desire to take care of them. I figured the best place to start was with me. "
--Michael J. Snapp

Well said, Michael! I think this is an excellent gift book, and it's a great deal, so pick one up and pass it along to that guy who needs a little boost in How to Treat Your Pregnant Wife.
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C'mon you know you want to--tell us about one of the nicest things your hubby did for you when you were pregnant.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I had so many problems that I ended up having to use a wheelchair if I needed to walk more than twenty-five yards. The pain was so excruciating and nothing helped. I'm very active, love walking, running, and being outdoors. My sweet husband would push me in the wheelchair while I held our first child on my diminishing lap so that we could go for a walk. Yep, I love him!

Now, it's your turn to share!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Toby Gold Book Review and Giveaway


"Money is the most dangerous magic."
I love that tagline and I think this book is an excellent find for the middle-grade readers in your family. Craig has a great voice and I found myself laughing at the funny things his characters say, like, "Rat snacks!"
There is a certain scheme involving chocolate pudding that you won't want to miss--especially because it concerns justice served in the face of a bully.
Toby Gold has a unique talent in math, money, and the stock markets. Kids will enjoy this read as well as the secret codes that go along with it--can you crack the code?
Through Toby's adventures, we learn some great finance information that jump-starts an education that is much needed in today's society.
This book has received several rave reviews and so I think you'll be excited to learn that I'm giving away a hardcover of Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune along with an autographed poster and bookmark! Keep reading to enter.

"Unique children’s lit that cleverly tackles interest rates, endowments, fluctuating commodities, bullying and identity." 

- Kirkus Reviews

 An infant is discovered one night on a commuter train from New York City during a stop in the sleepy town of Wallingford, Connecticut.  The local police are summoned, but are unable to locate the boy’s parents, despite painstakingly questioning each person on the train.  For some strange reason, none of the passengers can remember seeing his mother falling from the train – after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet.

Assigned the name “Toby Gold” by social services, the mysterious child grows up in Wallingford, moving from foster home to foster home, not knowing who his real parents are - or why he was born with such freakish skills with math and money.

Now a teenager, Toby’s money skills are noticed by the wrong people, and thus he is unwittingly sucked into a high-stakes financial conspiracy that puts his life, and the lives of his two closest friends, in great peril.  Ultimately, Toby solves the crime, saves his friends, and even saves his school—all in one harrowing afternoon.

"This fast-paced adventure weaves fundamental concepts in economics and finance seamlessly into the story. Toby Gold makes learning finance exciting."

- Francis A. Longstaff, PhD, Professor of Finance, UCLA - Anderson School of Management

About the Author: Craig Everett

Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine, spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for buried pirate treasure.  Fortunately, he was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured that far north.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles.  

You can learn more about Craig here:

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Monday, November 12, 2012

All the Words in the World

Last week I went to St. George, Utah for a writing retreat. You can see my little update post here,
And now it's Monday again and I'm doing laundry, picking up crayons, sweeping the floor (pointless with my 2yo), and taking care of sick kids. It's not very glorious when compared with waking up after a full night's rest, doing Yoga and writing 2,000 words before making breakfast that I get to eat hot, without interruption. But I came back and I'm happy to be doing that laundry today, even if it means I haven't written anything on my new book yet because there's something special about coming home to 5 people who love you.

I had such a great time on my writing retreat. I wrote 27,000 words in 6 days and I'm dang proud of that. At 31,000 words now I'm almost halfway through the first draft of my new novel. And I learned some things about myself, my productivity and what I'm capable of. I'm inspired! I've set some new goals and I'll definitely be looking forward to a short retreat in the future.

But I just have to say that when I pulled into the garage Saturday night and saw my 2yo walk out the door, I couldn't believe my eyes. He had changed in just one week! For a minute, looking through the dirty window of the car, I thought he was my 4yo, until said brother walked out the door behind him. Then I was bombarded by hugs and kisses from four darling kids and my 2yo held onto my neck for all he was worth for about ten minutes after I got home. That in itself is impressive, since he always prefers his dad when Daddy is home!

So today I thought I'd take a moment to say how much I appreciate my family. My husband is pretty much the most awesome guy around for taking care of the kids and supporting me while on the retreat. I love you Steve!

I think that all the words in the world can't make up for those sweet kisses and 'I love you Mommy!' from my kids.
I wrote nearly 100 pages last week and I can't wait to finish writing my novel. I have to say, I'm pretty blessed.

I'm thankful for my family. How about you?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jeremy's Christmas Journey Guest Post

As part of the blog tour for the new book, Jeremy's Christmas Journey, I invited author, Scott Johnson to share a few thoughts about how this story came to be.

"Jeremy’s Christmas Journey is a story about a boy’s struggle to find faith in Christ. He is paralyzed and experiences many of the struggles and challenges that come from a disability. At the beginning of the story he is very down and doubtful. On Christmas Eve he has a remarkable journey that changes everything. His extraordinary experience allows him to hear the testimonies of notable bible characters that transforms him on multiple levels. Ultimately I hope readers and listeners will draw closer to Christ and understand His importance in their life through the book and music.

The story itself has also experienced a remarkable transformation from a short story for my family to enjoy at Christmas time, to a novel and musical CD. I feel very blessed to have penned the story and lyrics of Jeremy’s Christmas Journey. Sometimes I read parts of the story or hear the lyrics of the song and ask myself “Did I really write that?” It is a surreal experience." --Scott Johnson

Author Bio:

Author Scott A. Johnson spent most of his childhood in Utah, where he gained a love for creative writing. Recognizing his potential at a young age, his teachers and family encouraged him to explore his developing writing talents.

Scott continued to craft imaginative and original stories through his teenage years, including original short stories that are beloved by his family. He published his first book, "Nutrition: A Word of Wisdom," in 2009, and has published more than 200 health and fitness articles in various online and print publications.

Scott, his wife and four children reside in beautiful Utah County where they enjoy the mountains and outdoors. Scott is regularly asked by his children to share an original story, and he gladly obliges.

Purchase Links:

·         Barnes& Noble 

·         CedarFort 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop

Are you excited for Thanksgiving? I am because it's such a great time to connect with family with less-stress. I think Turkey Day is one of the least stressful holidays, but that's probably because my husband loves to cook the turkey--yum!

I'm part of the Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop  hosted by Tristi Pinkston and I am a Reader, Not a Writer. 
There are over 150 blogs linked and each one has a giveaway, so what's my prize?

I have a couple books that a publisher has offered for this giveaway. One copy of The Hidden Sun by J. Lloyd Morgan

and  because I'm at a writing retreat, I can't remember what the other book is so we'll have to call this one a mystery prize!
But I am also giving away a copy of one of my favorite kids books, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

7 Habits for Happy Kids (Hardcover)

and I also have a great journal/notebook that is faux leatherbound. I love these for taking notes on scenes that I'm working on.
*And a special notebook featuring the cover of my second suspense novel, Caller ID. Not the book, mind you cuz I just gave one away--this is the spiral bound notebook!

And book lovers must have chocolate, right? So this bundle of books and notebooks will include some delicious dark chocolate!

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