Monday, December 10, 2007

A PASSION MOST PURE by Julie Lessman

Now this is what I call a romance! I love this story!

Julie Lessman does a fabulous job of showing the struggles that women and men go through, and she does it with such genuineness, finesse, style, tactfulness, and grace. A PASSION MOST PURE is filled with romance, passion, and restraint. However, I didn't just love this story because it's loaded with romance, (although that was a major plus with me) this fabulous novel is filled with Holy Ghost conviction, conflict, rivalry, and true-to-life struggles. Julie’s characters are sensational and lovable. Well, with the exception of one person perhaps. *smiling* But I'm not telling you who or why. You'll have to read the book to find out. Trust me you won't be disappointed. In fact, there were so many pleasant and not so pleasant surprises, and so many twists and turns in A PASSION MOST PURE, that I couldn't stop turning the pages, and neither will you.

So, if you're looking for a story filled with romance, kissing, and passion that's handled with excellence, this story is for you.

As for me…I can't wait to read Julie’s next book!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oh the joys of owning a home.

Today it's snowing and today my furnace went out, thus leaving me without heat. How cool is that? Wait! Did I just say cool and heat in the same paragraph? I must be nuts. Or either that, the cold is freezing my brain cells one by one. Not that there are many left, mind you. hehe

Well, if anyone reads this, please pray for our furnace situation and a financial miracle to pay for it. And if you don't hear from me again, just know that I died of hypothermia. hehehe. Such a drama queen, I know.

Well, I'm working on the sequel to The Bride Wore Coveralls. I'm over halfway finished. I can't wait till I write the words... The End. Such a great feeling that is.

Well, I've dumped long enough.

Until next time...

See ya....

Friday, October 19, 2007

I can't believe I'm actually posting.

As you can tell, I haven't posted in a very long time. Mostly due to the fact that I've been busy writing and getting settled into our new home. Every time I would think about blogging, I wondered what to say, and wondered what others said in their blogs. I know some people post interviews--some tell about their upcoming books, and others post book reviews etc. While I've read a scad of fabulous books lately, I haven't posted any reviews. My excuse. None.

All that's is fixin' to change. I went to a dear friend's website and read her blog. It inspired me to start posting on mine again. I've decided to use this blog as a journal of sorts.

There was a time when all I thought about was death. Life had become too difficult and hope was non-existent in my life. That's part of the reason for a lack of posting and the lack of writing book reviews. Thank God, a few months ago, Jesus pulled me out of the pit of darkness and shed His light on my situation. You see, I had avoided reading the Word of God, avoided praying because I no longer trusted God due to horrific circumstances and ignorance in my life. I hurt no one but myself. I was dying a slow, agonizing death. To some this might sound simple, but learned that if I didn't put Christ, prayer, and worshipping God first, and keep my focus on Him, there is no life. Only death. Circumstances, fear, doubt, failure, people, being overweight, lack of feeling secure, etc. etc. etc. had all but swallowed me up and was choking the very life out of me. This pit dweller had only one option remaining to her... bury herself deeper in the pit of self-pity and self-focus,or look up. Cry out to Jesus to rescue you. I cried out to the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me out of the pit of destruction and despair.

My priorities are in order. My life has been resurrected.
To God be the glory.

Until next time...

See ya...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Ripped from the pit of despair!

Bet you thought I'd disappeared from the planet, eh? hehe Nope. Just finally getting settled into my new home.

Most of you don't know this, but I was at the end of my rope. I was so depressed for so long that the very life was being sucked out of me. In fact, all I thought about was death. But God, in His grace and mercy delivered me from that pit about six months ago. The really kewl part is, it was before I received answers to my many desperate prayers. In other words, it wasn't BECAUSE He answered my prayers that I was jerked from that pit. It was only because of His grace and His mercy and His delivering power that I'm free. I'm going to write a book titled: When All I Thought About Was Death. It will be the hardest book I've ever written. It will speak of my eight year bout with bulimia, depression, a major church abuse that left me suicidal, controlling in-law abuse, an emotional affair, and much much more. This will be my first non-fiction story. And whether it ever goes to a publisher, I don't know. Only God does. But I know it will be therapeutic for me and others who read it.

Well, I finished my first round of revisions for The Bride Wore Coveralls. What an experience that was. Once I understood what to do and what was needed I had a blast making the changes. And my story is SO much stronger because of the reviewer's suggestions.

Hey, if any of you haven't read Deborah Raney's book, REMEMBER TO FORGET, well don't miss it. It was fabulous. I love stories where I almost become the heroine or hero and this one didn't disappoint in that area. This is one of those books that you can't put down. I know that sounds cliche, but hey, is there really a better way to say, I LOVED IT!!!!

I'm sorry to say, but I have to go now. So....

Until next time....

See ya~~~


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Busy, busy, busy!

Sheesh, I can't believe how crazy things have been around here. I'm totally shocked how long it's been since my last post.

My only excuse is, we've been looking for a house.

The good news is, after months of searching, we finally found one. But, aye, yi yi, I can't believe what we've gone through in the process.

One house we looked at had snakes in the basement. Can you believe it? Snakes! Yikes! Well, it was them or me... so I left.

Another place reminded me of the renovated house in the movie Home Alone 2.

One home had a wood foundation. How bizarre is that? Can you imagine after a few snow or rain storms? Can we say dry rot? Yikes! The only good thing about it is, if a tornado ever went through the place your whole house would already be under ground. Sheesh.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot...every time we found a house we really liked, somebody beat us to a contract or made a higher offer. Ya wanna know the really weird part about that? Say yes, okay? Thanks. Some of them had just gone on the market only hours before.

Need I say more?

Don't mind if I do thank you. *smiling*

House hunting has been quite an adventure for sure. Not one I care to repeat, thank you very much. Between boarded up windows and garages, stained beyond salvation carpets, rotted bathroom floors, and houses in desperate need of cosmetic face lifts inside and out, God led us to the sweetest house that only needs yard work and a door. It will meet all of our needs and then some.

The Lord has given us favor with the sellers. A long story indeed. God also blessed us with a washer, dryer and refrigerator, which we needed desperately.

So, on July 9th, if all goes well, we will be closing on our first home and moving in ASAP. Yippy!! Wahoo!!! I'm SO excited! Scared! Excited! Nervous! Happy! Did I mention scared? hehe

Okay, I'm done babbling. (Finally, eh? hehe) Thanks for stopping by. Please drop in again, because after we close on our house and get settled, I want to tell you about several great books I've read, and I want every one to see pictures of my new home.

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Thursday, May 31, 2007

MEETING HER MATCH by Debra Clopton

Oh sassy, sassy, sassy! Did I say sassy? Good. That's what Debra Clopton's, MEETING HER MATCH, is. Not only that, it's fun and super-duper-fantastic. Debra's characters are fun-loving, busy-body, match-making, oo-la-la, smokin' hot and don't forget sassy. *smiling* And ya gotta luv that rebellious, taffy chewing donkey.

And oh, oh, can we say hottie? Like in the perfect macho male specimen. I wonder if my husband would mind if I drooled over Pace Gentry for a short spell. Perhaps I shouldn't tell him and just do it anyway. hehe

I have to ask... Is Pace Gentry the rude, egotistical, arrogant man he appears to be? Or does Sheri Marsh bring out the worst in him?
I'll never tell.

And what really makes Sheri Marsh act the way she does? Is she protecting herself? If so, why? Or is it whom? Does Sheri's scheming plan to get back at the busy-body, match-making ladies backfire on her?
Yeah right. As if "I'D" tell.

Sorry, you just have to read, MEETING HER MATCH by Debra Clopton to find out. In fact, every one of Debra's Mule Hollow series is SOOOO good! Her characters are so not the typical stereo-type for sure, and her writing style is fresh and unique.

So if you haven't read any of the Mule Hollow series, well then what are you waiting for? Make haste. Buy them today. You won't be sorry...

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Yippee! Skippy! I got my first check!

Yippee! Skippy! I got my first advanced royalty check for my story, THE BRIDE WORE COVERALLS!

What a super-duper feeling to hold it in my hand, to see MY name on it, and to know that my dream finally came true. But boy howdy, I so didn't want to cash my check from Barbour Publishing. I wanted to hold onto it forever. But, hey, I'm no dummy. I took a photo copy of it instead. ~Cheeky Grin*

I hope and pray there are many many more to come. *smiling* Am I bad? ~snicker snicker~ NOPE... just hopeful.

I'll let you know when THE BRIDE WORE COVERALLS is coming out. And I'll share the ride along the way.

Oh yeah... Pretty soon, I'll be posting my reviews of MEETING HER MATCH by Debra Clopton, and TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Trish Perry. Both are excellent, because both were written by two fabulous authors. *smiling*

Well, we're still house hunting. So, please keep us in your prayers. We need a big-time miracle in this area.

Until next time...

See ya~~~


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Been a long time.

Too long actually since I've posted that is. I just dropped in to let you know that I'm extremely busy trying to find a house and such. So, please keep checking. I'll be posting more reviews soon.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Did that grab your attention? I thought it might. ~cheeky grin~ That's the title of Sharon Dunn's latest book. And let me tell you, it was a fun mystery! Wait! Did I just say fun and mystery in the same sentence? Hmmmm...Oxy-moron? Or truth? You decide.

Let me tell ya... I had an absolute blast reading DEATH OF A GARAGE SALE NEWBIE. The characters were zany, a little eccentric, crazy, murderous, sweet, a little on the wacky side, young, old, fat, skinny, and a whole lot of fun.

Trust me, you won't want to miss this one. Sharon does an amazing job with description, characterization, plot, and humor. Her wild imagination and unique mystery style makes DEATH OF A GARAGE SALE NEWBIE a must read. In fact, I can't wait for Sharon Dunn's BARGAIN HUNTER MYSTERIES SERIES #2 to come out!

Now... I want to ask you a question. And this is a really long question. So... draw a deep breath. Ready? Okay. What does four obsessive/compulsive garage sale ladies, a Mickey Mouse fishing pole, a shell box, an arrogant lawyer, a French lady who breaks into houses, a bow and arrow, an wannabe inventor, a lonely old woman and her deceased husband's photo album, a shopping mall, and the death of a lady all of have in common? hehe If you want to know...

MAKE HASTE! Zip down to your local bookstore and buy a copy today. And if you don't have a local bookstore... I'll pray for you... then go online and log onto,, or wherever it is you buy books from and pick up a copy. You won't be sorry.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~~

Monday, April 09, 2007


In this story, Laney is in love with Galen. But Galen only sees her as his best friend's tag-a-long sister. For years, Laney claims the scripture, Delight yourself in the Lord and He'll give you the desires of your heart. Trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass. However, when some squatters come to live on Galen's land, one thing leads to another until all of Laney's hopes are shattered when Galen comes face to face with a shotgun. When things look utterly hopeless for Laney, God takes what the devil meant for evil and brings it to His glory. Just like the story of Joseph in the Bible. What Joseph's brothers meant for his destruction, God turned it around for good by saving a whole nation from severe famine. Laney's heart's desire appears doomed too, until God turns it around for good. Not just for Laney, but for all of those involved. Including the undeserving squatters living on Galen's land.

You have to read the story to find out what I'm talking about. *smiling*

Well, this review is definitely not going to be a normal review, because I'm about to get personal. Before reading BITTERSWEET, I, Debra, was bathed in hopeless. Everything in my life felt as though hell itself had moved into my heart, body, soul, and mind. And that's putting it mildly. Depression, hopelessness, fear, despair and many other unmentionable emotions had become my constant, familiar companions. Then I read BITTERSWEET.

What ministered to me the most in this life-changing story was when I read where Laney had to give up her dreams and hopes and trust that God had something far beyond what she could ever want, it showed me something big time. I saw that I was holding onto my dreams so tightly that I was consumed by them. The more I saw my dreams fading, becoming but a mere shadow of hope, the more desperate, depressed, and hopeless I'd become. Like Laney, it was only after I released my hopes and dreams to God, and truly chose to believe and trust that He has something better for me, that I experienced true freedom. My burden's been lifted. And hope has replaced the darkness that had overshadowed and consumed my life. When we truly let go and allow God to take charge of our lives, then, and only then, is God free to work on our behalf.

BITTERSWEET by CATHY MARIE HAKE, is a story about hope, love, redemption, trust, and true Christian charity. But mostly, it's about letting go and letting God no matter how hopeless things look. And that God is a God of second chances... of third chances... of fourth, fifth and so on.

Therefore, I suggest that anyone who is struggling with any of these issues buy this book. And even if you aren't struggling, and you're just looking for a great story with class, style, adventure, and fantastic characters, then BITTERSWEET is for you.

I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Cathy. I love you dearly.

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Plight of Mattie Gordon, final review.

THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON by Jeanne Marie Leach, is one of those stories that you just want to lose yourself in. You know, a relaxing, fill-up-the-bathtub-with-your-favorite-aromatherapy-bath-oil type. Jeanne has such a unique voice. Her sense of humor is delightful, and her characters are always unforgettable. You won't ever go wrong in purchasing any of her books.

In THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON, Mattie's son, Will, is an outlaw. Only she doesn't know it, until one day a stranger arrives on her door. Fearing for her son's life, her main goal is to tell him about salvation. Mattie is willing to risk her life and do whatever it takes to make that happen. Only someone stands in her way. What will she do when she discovers that the man she's fallen in love with is the same man who might take her son in: Dead or Alive? Can love survive the ultimate test? You'll have to read THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON to find out.

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

You go, Mattie girl!

Wow... you gotta give 46 year old Mattie Gordon a massive hand clap. Standing up to such dangerous outlaws. And to think that her beloved son, Will, is one of them. And who is this stranger she calls her son? Is he really capable of murder?

Mattie's about to find out.

Mattie is whisked away from her home by a band of outlaws. Tormented daily, she decides she must turn her only son in, even if it means his demise. Fervently she prays that God will give her another chance to tell Will about salvation before it's too late.

Poor, sweet Mattie. Is Cyrus like the desert wind? Here one minute and gone the next.

Will Cyrus ever get to see Mattie again?

Is something brewing between them? Or is sizzling more like it?

I'll never tell. You have to buy the book and find out for yourself.

I will tell you this, however, THE PLIGHT OF MATTIE GORDON is one fantastic story. And Jeanne Marie Leach is one gifted writer.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go find out what happens next.


Until next time...

See ya~~~

Monday, March 26, 2007

Jeanne Marie Leach's story, The Plight of Mattie Gordon

Poor Mattie Gordon. Sitting there, minding her own business, and what do you think happens? A cocked rifle is aimed directly at her and a strange man is standing only inches from her. All alone in an isolated canyon, what will happen to Mattie? And who is this man holding a gun on her? What does he want?

AS IF! Did you really think I'd answer any of those questions? No way! Ya gotta buy the book to find out. It's SOOOOOO good!

Jeanne Leach is an amazing writer. Her story telling is like a welcoming ocean mist wisping over your body on a scorching hot day. She's written two other stories that have the same refreshing effect. Angel In the Saloon, available now, and Shadow of Danger, which is to be released shortly.

So, if you haven't purchased any of Jeanne's book, do so. You wont' be sorry.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Saturday, March 24, 2007

DiAnn was right.

Woowee!! I just finished reading Lightning and Lace. DiAnn Mills was right. Things aren't always what they seem. What I thought was going to happen, didn't. Way to go, DiAnn.

If you crave adventure... LIGHTNING AND LACE is for you. If you love a story with characters you'll miss when you're done reading... then LIGHTNING AND LACE is for you.

LIGHTNING AND LACE is a real page turner. The characters are fascinating. The plot is amazing and unpredictable~~~definitely unpredictable. And the metaphors are fresh and fit perfectly with the time. DiAnn is an excellent story teller with a wild and vivid imagination. And for your 411, all of DiAnn's stories are equally fascinating, and equally adventurous. You won't want to miss any of them.

Now, back to LIGHTNING AND LACE~~~ (Sounds like I just finished a commercial huh? Now back to our regularly scheduled program. hehe)

What does a shaggy bearded pastor with a jaded past, a beautiful, feisty widow woman with a shameful secret, her rebellious, prankster son, several ex-brothel women, a sinister banker and his sweet wife, a stabbing that ends in death, lies and malicious gossip, and being held at gunpoint all have in common? A really fantastic, emotion-filled, adventurous story, that's what.

I highly recommend this story. So, don't delay another minute. Make haste. Run out to your nearest book store and buy LIGHTNING AND LACE by DiAnn Mills. And if you don't have a bookstore nearby, then let your fingers do the walking. Type in, or, or wherever it is you buy your books from online, and purchase your copy of DiAnn Mills' intriguing story LIGHTNING AND LACE. You won't be sorry.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Friday, March 23, 2007


Okay, that's it! How dare that pig-of-a-banker man do that to an innocent boy. EWWWWWWW... I wanna rewrite LIGHTNING AND LACE. Not because DiAnn didn't do an excellent job, but because I want to have her villain shot by a drunk. And while he's lying in a pool of blood, he confesses every wretched thing he's ever done, and then he dies while the whole town is looking on and cheering. Sounds sadistic I know, but ewwww that vile man.

As you can tell from my comments, DiAnn does a fantastic job of getting your emotions involved. I know as a Christian, I should rewrite that his heart couldn't stand it any longer. That he confesses every ghastly thing he's ever done and truly repents. So much so, that he turns into Mr. Nice Guy. But, so far that hasn't happen; if it ever does. So... I want the beast to pay for what he's done! I LOVE THIS STORY! Lester is a villain you love to hate. Am I bad? hehe (Don't answer that.)

Well, I'm getting close to the end of the story. I wish I didn't have stuff to do today. I SO want to finish DiAnn's book. I just gotta find out what happens and if Lester pays for his devilish ways.

Until next time....

See ya~~~~~

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I want to slap....

... the banker in DiAnn Mills' book LIGHTNING AND LACE! How dare he treat those poor women like that. How dare he threaten Bonnie and the new preacher. I'm wondering if that bully will get his just dues.

Gotta run so I can find out if he does and what happens next.

By the way... If you haven't gotten your copy yet, you'd better hurry. You don't want to miss this one!

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

P.S. DiAnn tried to post a comment but wasn't able to. But her comment was~~~
"So you think you have it all figured out? Life isn't always what it seems."


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Lightning and Lace by DiAnn Mills

WOOOOO WEEEE! ~~~ In Lightning and Lace, what is the new pastor, with his shaggy hair and bearded disguise, hiding from all the good people of Kahlerville, Texas? Is he a good man or an evil man? Will any of his new congregation be harmed by the secret demons of his past?

Someone is badly beating an ex-brothel woman. But who?
I have my suspicions, but I'm NOT tellin'.

Poor Zach. An innocent boy gone bad. What evil lurks inside of him? And why? Can the beggar-looking pastor help him?

Then there's the town banker ~~~ Is he creating a list of enemies? How? And will the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing's threats cause Bonnie to continue with her sinful secret? Or does she break free and start fighting back, even though there will be consequences to pay? ~~~~ AS IF! Did you really think I'd tell? NO WAY JOSE!

If you haven't done so, then what are you waiting for? What am I talking about? Buying Lightning and Lace by DiAnn Mills of course.

What a unique way DiAnn has with metaphors and similes that fit the time period and story line. And her character's are incredibly intriguing for sure.
DiAnn definitely peaks your interest and maintains it throughout the story.
I've read all but one of her Heartsong Presents book and they were all fantastic! The only reason I didn't read one of them was because I didn't have it. Simple enough, huh? hehe (By the way, this story isn't by Heartsong Presents. However, you can get it from or at your local bookstore.)

So, what are you waiting for?

Until next time...

See ya~~~~

Friday, March 16, 2007

A Daughter's Quest by Lena Nelson Dooley

Wow, wow, and triple wow! What a sweet romance. Boy, that Constance Miller sure gets herself into a lot of predicaments. But, Mr. hunky, aka Hans Van de Keift, the muscular, buff-to-die-for smithy, never hesitates to rescue her... and trail her. Hmmmm. How come? Yeah right. As if I'd tell. Constance has a secret that makes Hans wonder if she can be trusted. Can you guess what it is? No. Well, buy the book and find out. Oh, and what do Jim Mitchell, a mysterious dying wish, Constance, Hans, an abandoned house, stolen gold, a horse accident, splinters and broken boards all have in common? A really sweet, adventurous, romantic, intriguing, utterly fantastic story. That's what. If you haven't read A DAUGHTER'S QUEST, well I suggest you make haste and run right out and purchase it. Or, go to Heartsong Presents website and order it.

For your 411, Lena Nelson Dooley has such a delightful way with description and setting. And the characters in A DAUGHTER'S QUEST~~~Well, think of them this way~~~When the plot goes away, memorable character's stay.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~~

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Long time no chat... or so it seems. hehe

I don't know how all you bloggers do it. I have a terrible time keeping up with this thing. I have so much on my plate right now that I don't seem to have time.

However, I wanted to toss out something here. Lately, I've noticed some negative reviews. It got me to thinking. When someone trashes a story, that doesn't mean that that story isn't any good, it just means that one person didn't like it. We all have different tastes and styles. Some love mystery's while others hate them. Whose right? Both. I really believe that some times our mood plays a big part in whether or not we like something. For example, my daughter kept trying to get me to watch a certain movie. I tried, but hated it. I couldn't even get past the first ten minutes. Several people kept asking me if I'd seen such an such a movie. I finally broke down and rented it again. I loved it! And yet it was the same movie. So what had changed? After much contemplation, I ascertained that it was the mood I was in. It was the same way with the movie, Persuasion, written by Jane Austen. By the way, for those of you who don't know this about me, I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. Anyway, the first time I watched that movie, I thought it was really boring and dumb. Then one day when I was super bored and in the mood for a renaissance movie. The past week, I'd watch all four versions of Pride and Prejudice, both versions of Sense and Sensibility, both versions of Emma, Mansfield Park, and I can't think of the name of the other Jane Austen movie, but I'd watched it too. Because I'd seen all of the above about twenty times and had only seen Persuasion once, I decided to watch it again. To my amazement, I absolutely loved it and it has become one of my favorites. So, why am I telling you all of this? Because I really believe that sometimes mood has something to do with whether or not we like something. Not always, of course, but it can play a huge factor. When I sit down to read a book and I find it boring or monotonous, I put it aside for awhile and find something else to read. Sometimes I go back to it and try reading it again. If this goes on several times then I know it is a book that is not for me, or just a really boring story.

Recently I suggested that a dear friend read what I deemed a fantastic story. I just knew she would love it. When she wrote me and told that she thought it was just okay, I was stunned to say the least. She and I have the same taste in stories. But this time, she saw things in it that I didn't. It got me to wondering if she really didn't like it, or if perhaps she read it with her editor's cap on and not her reader's cap. What I mean by that is, sometimes, we as writers, read in an editor's mode. We pick out things that we would have never noticed when we were just readers. However, once we learned the rules and guidelines of writing, it caused a lot of us to now see things in the stories that we would have never noticed before. Like head-hopping, or poor sentence structure, or mistakes etc. Where as before, we just read and the only thing we judged it by was whether or not we liked the story or not. After talking to her, I realized that it just wasn't her flavor of tea. Did that mean that the story was bad? Was she right and I was wrong? No way! It just means that you have two people with two different tastes.

So, if anyone has been hurt by a bad review, or even some not-so-positive comments, take heart. It's just one person's opinion. Now, if twenty out of twenty-five people don't like it, then maybe you need to find out what you're doing wrong and work on perfecting your craft. But, if you get one or two bad reviews and ten great reviews, chalk it up to that that person either didn't care for it because it wasn't their type of story, or the mood there were in that day didn't fit your particular story. It doesn't mean that you wrote a mooey-poopey novel. It just means that it was one person's opinion. It's kinda like... One person loves liver and onions. I myself gag just smelling it. I heave every time. Does that mean that the person who loves it is right and I'm wrong? Nope! It means they liked it and I didn't. So it is with our novels.

So, when you get a negative review, ask God if there is something you need to work on, or if the person was just having a bad hair day, or if your story just wasn't their type of book. But most of all~~~ keep writing.

Until next time....

See ya ~~~~~~

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Having a hard time lately.

Sorry all, but this post is a downer. I'm really discouraged. My husband and I need to move from my brother's house, long story, and yet nothing is opening up for us. We only have enough money for a couple of month's rent and after that...

I've never moved knowing that the money wasn't there to make the rent. I don't like doing it now. And yet, my brother and his family need the money. Since my sister-in-law's passing, my brother's finances have taken a nose dive and we need to move so they can get the financial aid they need by having my nephew's friend move in. I'm sick with the idea of causing them more stress by our still being here. We have no prospect of making more money at the time, and yet, we really need to move. I don't want to be the cause of my brother and his family not having their needs met, and we can't help them.

We've prayed and prayed. My husband's even tried starting his own business. All to no avail. I have no clue what our answer is. The stress is taking its toll on my marriage and our health.

So, whoever reads this, please pray that God will show us what to do. And that He will make His will and direction clear to us. I don't want to play guessing games, wondering about God's leading. We really need clear direction.

Thanks for letting me dump.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Brain freeze

Well, I've read several more terrific Heartsong Presents, and I'm ashamed of myself that I haven't written a review for them yet. I will... eventually.

I've been in a writing stupor. Two of my WIP's have been falling flat. No matter what I prayed, what I tried, the stories were going no where. In fact, I wondered if I would ever be able to write another story. Panic had set in. What if I can't? Not able to handle that frightening idea, I sat down and tried harder. Again, it fell to the ground. Again I panicked. After nearly scarfing up a big of black jelly beans, I came to my senses and called my dear friend Staci. She gave me just what I needed... like always. She told me to just write. Not to think about it, but to write no matter how strange it seemed. Most importantly, she said to ask the Lord to write His story through me. Which I did. And low and behold... my story took off. And so am I...

So until next time...

See ya~~~~~~~~

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bay Hideaway by Beth Loughner

Heartsong, Heartsong, get down with your awesome self. I've read about fifteen Heartsong Presents books lately and every one has been captivating. Whatever your doing Barbour publishing keep it up. It's working. However, I've got to stop picking up your books, especially at 11 PM. Reading until 1:15 AM is ridiculous. And yet, I must confess, that is precisely what I've done. And today, I had every intention of working on my WIP, In Love With The Hired Hand. But nooooo, I thought I'd read just one or two more chapters of Beth's book. Well... deep sigh... I couldn't help myself. I read a whole lot more than that. I finished it. And my story is still untouched. Sheesh.

Bay Hideaway gripped me from the beginning with the resurrected dead. Yeppers. That's what happened. Am I going to tell you more? Nope.

Okay, maybe just a tad bit more. What does a ruby brooch, threatening letters, a deceased wife, an engaged politician, a loving, nosey old woman, a bossy old codger who isn't what he appears to be, and a small community on Lake Erie all have in common? A really entrancing story, that's what. Did you really think I would tell you? haha NOT!

Sighing heavily over here. It's four in the afternoon. Do I work on my story, or start reading, Lonely In Longtree by Jill Stengl? Let's see... Eeeny Meeny Miney Mo, which... I can't stand it! This is a no-brainer. Lonely in Longtree... ready or not, here I come.


Until next time...

See ya~~~~~

Monday, February 19, 2007

I finished Midnight Angel by Betsy Ann St. Amant

Sniffy sniffy. I'm heartbroken that it's over. It was SO good! And, oo la la, that hunky German hero. What a hotty.

Okay, seriously. Hmmm. Yes. Um. Seriously. The story was... Okay, concentrate Debra, put on your serious face. Okay... Let's see. Betsy Ann St. Amant's story is a sweet, suspenseful, romance that... that what? ... ah heck... forget serious. Here's my opinion on her story.

I loved it! Delicious, sweet romance is woven throughout the story. And the suspense is just enough that your fingernails remain in tact. I highly recommend this hot-fudge, loaded-with-the-works story.

Madison, an interior decorator, deals with trust issues. Her wealthy father has never given her the time of day. Who would of thought that purchasing something as simple as a stuffed angel off of eBay would start a chain of events that threatens Madison's life. And what is so important about this particular angel that two desperado's will do anything to get it back? Later on, when tragedy strikes, Madison discovers some devastating news that dramatically changes her life and sends her love life into a tail spinning abyss. Can Madison ever forgive her father and Carsten?

Carsten, aka hunky German hero, Prince Charming, and all around mysterious gorgeous specimen of a man is hired to protect Madison. Knowing Madison's issues with trust, he fears she will discover his deceptive secret, and that he'll lose his midnight angel. The very angel, who has coveted his thoughts and dreams ever since that enchanting evening in Germany six years ago. After spending a yummy, romantic evening, Madison disappears. Carsten's failure to protect Madison dredges up painful memories and unforgiveness. When demands are made to save Madison, Carsten sells something of great value. But is it too late? ~~~ AS IF! I'll never tell. You have to buy it and find out for yourself. You won't be sorry.

Until next time....

See ya ~~~~


Sunday, February 18, 2007

I didn't think things could get any worse...

...boy was "I" wrong. Disaster has struck big time, and Madison needs our prayers. Wait! Sheesh. Bopping myself in the forehead. She's only a character, Debra. Only a character. Remember that. Take a deep breath. Relax. Yeah right. How can I relax when Madison's life is in danger! And Prince Charming is a thing of the past. Or is he? Gotta run. I have to find out.

By the way... I'm almost done reading Midnight Angel. While I can't wait to find out what happens, I'm sad that I'm almost done with Betsy Ann St. Amant's fantastic, slightly suspenseful, love story. :-( Now, Betsy, you wouldn't want me to get too sad, would ya? Okay, then... get those fingers to typin', so I can read more of your wonderful stories.

Until next time...

See ya~~~~~~~

Saturday, February 17, 2007


I just had to come and tell you more. Madison goes on a long journey with someone. BUT... things aren't what they seem. And boy is she gonna be mad when she finds out the truth. Manure is going to hit the fan~~~or~~~something. (By the way, I just gave you a tiny, little, teeny weenie, itsy bitsy, smidgen-of-a-hint where she goes. ~wink wink~)

Curious yet? Good. Come closer~~~Come on, come on, a little bit closer. Don't be afraid. I don't bite. Okay, smarty pie. That last bite doesn't count. So come on, just one more step. Good. Now lean your ear toward me. Wow. What kind of shampoo is that? It smells like sweet apples. Okay, okay, don't get your girdle in a knot and your attitude in a snit. I want to tell you something really, really important. Lend me your ear again. Are you ready? Okay. Here goes. Go buy Midnight Angel by Betsy Ann St. Amant. And don't tell too many people or otherwise there won't be a copy left for you to buy. See. ~cheeky grin~ I told you it was really important. Ewwww I'm SO mean. I know, I know. But hey...what can I say except...

Until next time...

See ya~~~~~~~

YIKES!! Midnight Angel update

All in the same day, Madison receives a strange phone call about a "certain" object, a long ago encounter shows up at her office wanting her services, and her NY apartment's been broken into. Could these three possibly be connected? AS IF! Did you really think "I" would tell you? Find out for yourself. You won't be sorry.

Betsy, you've done a fantastic job! D a r n you anyway. hehe I have stuff to do and I don't want to do any of it because your story is sooooooo awesome!

Until next time....

See ya~~~~~

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Writer's phrases

I wrote the ACFW loop and asked them if they ever get bogged down in writing the same ole body, eye, and emotional descriptions. (I asked them a bit differently than this, but close enough. *smiling*)

Well, I laughed so hard when a literary agent said, "Deb, you're missing the obvious. You steal from other writers." Oh my gosh! And that coming from a literary agent. What a hoot. Now why didn't "I" think of that? hehe Actually, there have been times when I've written certain phrases, actions, and such from other authors. I only tried rewording it differently.

My dilemma still clings to me though. After all, just how many different ways are there to explain ~~ he crossed his arms. And men seem to always stand with their arms crossed and their feet spread. While observing several different men, business men, millionaires, construction workers etc, I noticed that most men usually communicate with their eyes and facial features. And yet, when I shared this with a dear friend, she told me that she never noticed any emotion in her husband's eyes but in his body language. ARGGGHHH! Calgon, take me away. Sheesh. I really need to find another way of saying this. See. See what I mean. A perfect example. Okay, so it's a not so perfect example, but you get my drift.

So, anyone up for a challenge? If so, post some of the unique ways you write your character's emotions~~~their body/eye movements. Ready? Then get those creative juices flowing~~~~~~

Until next time...

See ya~~~~~~~~~~

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Midnight Angel by Betsy Ann St.Amant

Wow... I just started reading Betsy Ann St. Amant's Midnight Angel. What a fantastic story so far. Betsy captured my attention immediately. Her American heroine, Madison Lawrence, takes a late night stroll in Germany and ends up at an elequant clock tower with a beautiful display of fountains. A tall muscular man heads toward Madison. Not knowing whether she should flee or not, she prepares to bolt just in case. But then the mysterious, hunky-poo man, with his strong German accent claims to be her Prince Charming. Of course there's more to it than that, but hey, you should know the routine by now. Yeppers. You got it. Read the story and find out. I'm so mean. But, hey, GET OVER IT! hehe

Okay, I'd like to stick around here and "talk" some more, but I have a book to read.

So... Until next time...

See ya~~~~~~~~

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. A lot is happening around here. So bear with me. I will post soon.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Final review of, The Guy I'm Not Dating, by Trish Perry

Kara-- Physical trainer, klutz extraordinaire, but only in front of the guy she's so not dating.

Gabe-- Hot, sexy, caring, hunk-of-a-man, who is so not the guy dating Kara. Huh? Then just what are these two to each other? As if?!! Read, The Guy I'm Not Dating, to find out.

Jeremy-- British man... Hottie McLicious, who every woman shoves aside because he's... nice? Surely not. And just how does he fit into Kara's life?

Ren-- Best friend to Kara and almost divorcee. Or is she divorced? Hmmm. Also, Friend/co-worker to Jeremy, aka, Hottie McLicious. Potential romance between them? Does the book even mention that? And how does Kara fit into this threesome? I'll never tell. *smiling coyly"

Tiffany-- Pain in the backside and all out annoying bomb-shell, who wants Gabe all to herself. Can the sometimes breathy Marilyn Monroe imitator capture Gabe's heart? If you think I'm going to tell you, then you have another think coming. *grin*

Rachelle, Ricco, and Jake-- Cause of road trip. Seven, soon eight, almost strangers and some family members head from Virginia to Florida, where one will be added, and one will be left. Soon, another is added and four are left. Later, three are left. And then there was one. Which one? And who are all of these people, heading on this wild road trip, where one rescues a little girl from a squirrel. Or was that a badger? ~wink wink~ I know, but I'll never tell. You have to read the book and find out for yourself. Oh yeah, will the ones bitten by the critter have to endure a series of rabies shots? Hmmm.

Addie-- Oh! Oh! You'll love Addie! She's one amazingly forgetful, eccentric, bossy, fun-loving aunt. Or is she a friend? hmmmm. Just exactly who is this Addie woman to Kara, Morine, Stan and Lurlene? And who are THESE people? Well, buy the book and find out. *cheeky grin*

And last by not least, and perhaps not even lastly, I would be no kind of person if I didn't warn you about some things first. #1. You must give yourself oodles amount of uninterrupted time to read, The Guy I'm Not Dating. #2. You must not eat while reading, as to avoid choking while laughing hysterically. And, #3... please note that when you've finished reading this fantastic, amazingly wonderful, delightfully entertaining story, you will miss every one of these zany characters terribly. Well, maybe not everyone of them. There is one certain auburn-haired person, who shall remain nameless, that you won't miss. But, I guarantee that you will miss everyone else. Especially Addie.

I warned you it might not be lastly. ~wink wink~ Seriously. Make haste. Don't delay. Run, don't walk, to wherever it is you purchase books and get your copy of, The Guy I'm Not Dating. Or,let your fingers do the jogging online and purchase a copy from your favorite Internet vendor. Notice, I said, jogging and not walking. That denotes a sense of urgency. *smiling* Truly, this is one story you won't want to miss.

And finally... aren't you glad... (hehe) Trish Perry, Kudos to you. You are one gifted writer! Your characters are amazing. And the sense of humor you portrayed in this story is a giggle a minute. A hoot every five. And a belly laugh every ten. Thanks for sharing your story with us. And thank you for Addie. *smiling*

To the rest of you... Happy Reading!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Do you think there's a charge for murdering your laptop? If so, I might be jailed shortly. It's SO hard typing without a "T" keypad. Sometimes my emails look like this~~~~
hanks for he memories heodore. You're looking prey errific hese days. Wha's new wih Bey? Don' you jus luv no having a ""?

Ai yi yi. Thank goodness Gateway is sending someone out tomorrow to fix it. It's been like this for almost a whole week now. That's a really long time to be without a "T". hehe

I'm afraid if it were to go on for much longer, I just might have to shoot the sucker. Can you see the headlines now. CRAZY WOMAN ARRESTED TODAY FOR MURDERING HER POOR UNSUSPECTING LAPTOP.
They got it all wrong. After all I did warn my laptop if it didn't straighten up, I was going to shoot it. Sheesh.

Such a drama queen, I know. But ya gotta luv me. NOT!

Well, I'm off to brave it now. I'm going to try and work on my WIP, without a "T" keypad. Gulp.

So until next time....
See ya~~~~~~

Monday, January 29, 2007

By His Hand by Jennifer Johnson

As promised, I'm here to tell you about the second story I read. Notice past tense. I stayed up until well after midnight reading, By His Hand ... in bed... of course. (Remember my three places? If not, reread my posts. *smiling*)

I just loved the riches to rags to~~~~yeah right~~~~as if I would tell you to what. Read it for yourself to see if Victoria Thankful ~~ Don't you just love that last name? ~~ to see if Victoria Thankful survives going from filthy rich, to poorer than a mouse living in an abandoned church. Find out how, or if, Victoria pays for damages done to the love of Chris Ratliff''s life~~Mary Ann? And, read on to find out if Victoria ever lives down being called the, Mary Ann Mangler? Do you want to know if Zach proposes to Victoria? Hmmmm. Guess you'll have to read it and find out, won't you? Oh, I know, I know. I'm so mean. I love it!!!

Now, if you want your curiosity satisfied, then go to and order yourself a copy.

Until next time.... see ya~~~~~~~~~~

The Guy I'm Not Dating~~~ again. *smiling*

Road trip! Woooo weee ~~ and what a trip! Seven people leave Virginia, headin' to Miami. Soon there will be eight. ~~ha ha~~ Bet ya thought I was gonna tell ya who they were. NOT! You also thought I would tell ya WHY they're headin' to Miami. NO WAY! Read it for yourself. However, I would not be any kind of person if I didn't warn you about something first. Make sure you have lots of time. Cuz once you start readin', you're in for the zaniest "trip" of your life.

Ah, I luv tormentin' all of you. Well, torment isn't really the right word. How about "temptin'". Yeah. That's better.

Okay, now to post about the second book I was reading. I finished it last night. But, I'm not going to tell you about it on this post, it gets its own post...

See ya there~~~~~~

Sunday, January 28, 2007


I've been super busy, but every chance I've gotten, I've grabbed Trish's story, The Guy I'm Not Dating. What a hoot! Mo is so funny. And Addie... well, what can I say about her? She's a... gee... what is she? I'm not sure at this point. But, for being practically a stranger to Mo, she's sure bossy. Who are Mo and Addie? Wouldn't you like to know. *smiling* If you do, then read the story for yourself to find out.

And then... there's sexy Gabe. ~~~sigh~~~I've never met the guy and I'm drooling. ~~~double sigh~~~

Got you curious enough to read it yet? Good. Now, rush to the store, or, or where ever it is you purchase your books and buy this one. Especially if you need a really good belly laugh. But before you do, I will leave you with one more sentence quoted from the book.

Here it is:

Before she (Kara) finished, she threw in a quick request for guidance with regard to her car, dating, and this odd little Addie woman. Way back in her mind, she felt as though they were all related in some mysterious God kind of way.

Until next time~~~~Ta

Friday, January 26, 2007

Boo hoo, sniff sniff. I SO want three sets of eyes!

I don't know if it's three heads and three sets of eyes I need or what for sure. All I know is I'm reading three stories at once. Now, you may be wondering why I'm reading three at one time. Well, it's simple actually. I have one in the library. No... not THAT library. The other library. You know, the one where you can go, where no one else bothers you. Especially when they see you headin' that way with a book in hand. Yeppers. That's the one. The bathroom library. Oh don't go actin' all shocked. Most everyone has a library in their bathroom. And those that don't. Well, that just ain't normal. *snicker snicker*

Okay, another novel is on my nightstand. I love to read before I fall off to sleep. It's so relaxing. sigh. And the last one is placed where I spend most of my day... near my recliner... where my laptop abides.

I know that I could read just one and shuffle it to each spot, but then why get stranded in the bathroom without a story to read because I forgot to take it with? Forget it. No way Jose! As for the one beside my nightstand... simple.... they are always Heartsong Presents books. Why? For one, they're great little novels, and for two, I want a smaller book to hold. Ya know, one that's not so heavy. I know, I know, that's terrible, but who can enjoy reading when their shoulders feel like they're ready to fall off. hehe. And, the third one, well, I just like having one readily available where I spend most of my time. That way, when I need a break from writing, searching the net, or emailing, I can kick back and read. All of that sounds really simple and understandable right. Well, okay, it's fess up time. The main reasons is... they all sounded so fantastic that I wanted to read them all at once. So... I had to find places for them so I could devour them. Okay, there you have it. The truth. I can't help myself. I don't have the patience to wait until I get one read before going on to another. sigh. Do you think there's such a thing as a book addicts anonymous group? If so, I need to sign up ASAP! NOT! I don't want to be free from this wonderful addiction. ahhhhh. hehe

Oh yeah, for your 411, I can keep the stories straight. I know what's happening in each one, and I know which character belongs to what novel. Maybe I have three brains after all, and I just don't know it. Three of me. That's a scary thought.

Are you curious which ones I'm reading. No. Well, I'll tell ya about one of them anyway. *smiling* The other two you'll have to wait until my next post. Which, hopefully will be in a day or so. I'm still trying to get the hang of this bloggin' thing. So, bear with me. *cheeky grin*

Okay, one of them is... The Guy I'm Not Dating, by Trish Perry. Let me tell ya, I just got started on it yesterday, and I laughed so hard. These two sentences, taken from the book, will make you curious for sure.

"Who's the cutie-pie?"

"The most gorgeous man I've ever acted stupid in front of."

Let me tell you, that last sentence is an understatement. Poor Kara.
Curious who Kara is... well buy the book. *smiling* I know, I know, I'm mean, but hey, it's a great story so far, and I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on such a fun novel.

Well, it's extremely hard typing without a "T" key button, so I'm gonna sign off for now.
Sometime next week, I'm gonna post another one of my short-short stories. So check back. I really am gonna work harder at posting on a regular basis. Honest. Gulp.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Prisoner's Wife

Oh my goodness. I just finished reading, The Prisoner's Wife by Susan Page Davis. Kudos to Susan for writing something so unique and captivating. And to Heartsong Presents for their roll of putting out some truly amazing, fantastic, intriguing, one-of-a-kind stories.

This is one of the best stories I've ever read and here’s why...

Jack asks Lucy's father for her hand in marriage, but her father forbids them to marry. Lucy, the dutiful daughter, obeys, but she never stops loving Jack. Then four years later, she's summoned to jail, where she discovers that Jack is being accused of murder and that he wants her to marry him. Ironically enough, Lucy agrees to his marriage proposal and moves out to his farm. For weeks, she hopes and prays Jack will be acquitted of this heinous crime, and that someday they will have a real marriage. However, because of the circumstances of their “business” arranged marriage, the threat of Jack being hung, and not knowing whether he still loves her or not, Lucy wonders if her dream of having a true marriage to Jack will ever come true.

Read it for yourself to find out whether or not Lucy’s dreams and prayers are fulfilled.