29 September, 2010

Upcoming Reviews

This autumn a lot of great books will be released, unfortunately none of them are mine or my sister's, so don't be too disappointed. ;-) Though there are some that I plan on doing some reviews on, some old, some new releases.

The Magic of Ordinary Days - Ann Creel Howard (2001)
I'm currently involved with this book. I can see some differences, but I have enjoyed the book a lot. I dunno if I would buy it, but I will get it from my library again. I also plan on reviewing the Hallmark movie to this as well. :-)

Pearl in the Sand - Tessa Afshar
New author Tessa Afshar is writing about one of coolest gals in the Bible, at least I think she's awesome, Rahab and it's from one of my favorite books of the Bible Joshua. I can't wait for this to come out and read it. You can most definitely expect a review on this.

While We're Far Apart - Lynn Austin
I am a HUGE fan of Lynn Austin, she and Francine Rivers are like the queens of edgy awesome fiction, and each one of Ms. Austin's novels always bid me to tears! Both happy and sad. I look forward to reading this book.

A Woman's Place - Lynn Austin
I know two Lynn Austin books in a row, I told you I'm a fan! I have spent so many year stuck in research land and haven't had to the chance to read my favorite authors, so I'm catching up. I love the premise of the book and it's WWII era, and I love the 40's! Look forward to this review.

I hope you will enjoy the reviews as they come up. I may even throw some extras in there for you I'm not sure  of yet, I have a long list of books I want to read and I can't wait to get started. :-)

23 September, 2010


Yup you know the old saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover…” aren’t we all a little guilty of this? And no I don’t mean people, I mean the actual books. You see something on the shelf and automatically you are attracted to the cover, the design is so nice that you just have to pick it up and start reading it. Only to find out as you delve deeper into the first chapter that it’s so predictable and glazed over with ridiculous characters that you walk away feeling absolutely nothing. It was just like everything else out there. A pretty cover, with a shallow and empty within.

Or it’s the polar opposite, you see a book and the cover looks like it had a stupid cover that looks like something out of a Disney cartoon. Though, you decided to pick it up anyway and end up enchanted by an actual interesting and amazing story that leaves an impact on you.

I’ve been there. Lately when I see a book and I am drawn to the cover I don’t bother to pick it up I just walk away and when I take a glance at the silly book cover I decide to read the back cover and by golly there is a book that looks promising. Many people use the saying “Never judge a book by it’s cover…” for everyday life when meeting and encountering people during their day. Though I think we could all use this saying the next time we go to browse the book shelves.

21 September, 2010

A little something for Hoosiers

Indiana is not one of the most popular states, we’re really underappreciated. Hoosiers can be the friendliest people. One Hoosier can walk up to another and instantly strike up a conversation as if we’ve known each other our whole life. A true Hoosier loves the land in which they were born and raised in. The rich soil, the beautiful colors, and marvelous fields. We love our land, we are self-assured and self-defiant people who enjoy hardy work. We are the only Yankee state with a Southern influence, because the majority of new settlers came from Dixie land. Even President Lincoln enjoyed his years here. Yes sometimes we even sound Southern.

Indiana is a uniquely wonderful state. You could give me the New England in the autumn, the beaches of California, the mountains of Colorado, but nothing, I repeat nothing, can compare to my home in Indiana.

12 September, 2010

Humble Pie

What happens when you have to put something you worked so hard on, on the back burner and then have to start on something smaller to work your way back up to your original project? You get frustrated. You know your other work is far better than what you have had to lower your standards to create something ordinary. Right?! How dare they belittle your unique sense of creativity, am I getting close? Now you have to start from scratch on something new that you think your talent is above this and you’re just wasting your time and energy on such an insignificant piece that you would rather make-out a toilet seat than see your name on the front cover.

I’ll be honest, I believe my work IS above what is out there on the literary market. Maybe that makes me arrogant or too self-assured, but it’s what I believe.

Early this year as I was writing on yet another novel, I had to put it on the back burner. The book is edgy and it’s special. I believe it can reach people. It’s not a romance. It’s not a religious novel. It’s deep and sometimes raw. I write about reality and that life doesn’t always have happy endings. Bad things happen to good people and there is no reason for it. Bad guys do win from time to time. I don’t try to shelter my readers, when I write about something I am passionate about, no holds bar, you get the whole truth. Even if it’s a bitter pill to swallow (I will get back to this). Vampires don’t exist, demons do. Good will always fight against evil.

That’s what I write about. And now I have had to put my realities on the back burner while I slice myself a piece of humble pie and start a new novel series. That is my bitter pill and sort of like drinking vinegar. I hate that and I have to start off small in my writing. The novels I really wish I could write are not “appropriate” for either the Christian or Secular markets. It either is to vulgar (Christian market) or too clean (Secular market). I feel like I am between a rock and a hard place. Neither will give and the things I wish to write, the things I have a passion for, no one wants. It’s not good enough for the literary world. I’m not your average female writer, who’s only hope is to be romance novelist, I want to impact people. To show them yes I am a Christian, but I’m not perfect. I mess up and I need God to pull me up by my bootstraps and keep going. For now I must eat my humble pie and write what’s expected of me.