Review – Only Series – Cristin Harber

August 30, 2015 Reviews

I will be totally honest with everyone right up front. Rarely will I read (let alone review) NA books.  They’re typically not my “cuppa” as they say.  However, when one of my favorite authors released the announcement in her newsletter that she’s breaking out and writing a short novella series that’s going to tie into one of my favorite series that she writes? Yeah, my internal reader gripes at me and says “suck it up, buttercup. We’re reading a few NA novellas.”

And that’s how I found myself reading the “Only” series by Cristin Harber.  I promised myself I’d read at least the first one with an open mind.  If I just did. not. like it.  I wouldn’t read the rest.

Oh how Grayson and Emma really hooked me!

Maybe it’s how utterly shattered and broken Grayson was – or the utter faith and...Read More

World Cup (part 2) – Primer for Americans

July 1, 2014 blogReal Life MomentsWorld Cup 2014

We’re now half way through the World Cup (give or take). Some teams are out. Some have moved on to the quarter finals. Some...Read More

My first World Cup!

June 15, 2014 Author LifeblogReal Life Moments  No comments

Happy World Cup 2014!

About two years ago I was introduced to “the beautiful game.”  At first I swore I would never understand it. I do remember saying “it’s guys, chasing a ball across a field… and nothing else makes sense.”  Now?  I freely admit I’m a passionate convert. I love futbol.  It’s not just the hot guys in the skin-tight unis (though, come on, let’s be honest, it’s those too!)  But it’s a *hard* sport!  It’s at least 45 minutes per half (without injury minutes added on – and they’re always added on).  They don’t have time-outs for injuries or replays or to set up plays.  There are...Read More

Memorial Day

May 26, 2014 blogReal Life Moments  No comments

Before we start our ritualistic BBQs and the opening of the beaches. I want to stop and take a minute to say “Thank you.”

Thank you to all of the men and women who serve and have served in all of the branches of our military.  Your service is immeasurable.  Every day you go out on orders – some you may or may not agree with – but you do it anyway.  You leave the safety of your home or your barracks and you know anything could happen, regardless of your training, and you still go out there and do your job. You serve your country and wear your uniform proudly.

Thank you to the family and friend – and strangers – who support them.  As family and friends you let your loved ones walk out the door, fear gripping your heart, warring with pride and love, being strong for them, always in the back of your mind dreading the possible knock at the door, until you get their call or letter or they walk back through your door and are in your arms, safe and sound, again.  I know it’s hard.  There are missed birthdays, births!, anniversaries, deaths, graduations, recitals, and so many more things.  Moms and dads who have to explain to their babies why their partner can’t be there for milestones and important moments.  You’re the homefront anchors for our warriors.  You’re steady and strong and you give them so much less to worry about.  They know you’ve “got this.”  You are so strong and you are just as much my heroes as your partners are....Read More

Inspiration is everywhere

May 19, 2014 Author LifeblogCharacter Development

Last night I was at a graduation party and I got the inevitable question “So, what do you do?” It’s one that makes me groan on the inside because it is usually followed by one of two reactions: 1.  An “oh, that’s lovely. Have you written anything famous?”  – I just smile, make sure I have a drink in my hand, and look for another person to latch onto and pull into the conversation.  Even if I had, I wouldn’t answer this question – ever.  It’s not that I’d be embarrassed.  I’m just not “that person.”  I’m the one least likely to hand out a list of books I’ve written or am in the process of writing – even if they’ve sold.  As the saying goes, “I’d rather be writing!” not talking about what I’ve written – or about writing. 2.  A very lengthy Q&A that I can’t seem to extract myself from in which they want to know everything and anything about where I get my inspiration, my writing process, and everything about the writing business in general.  These are the moments I wish I could say I do anything but write books. It’s not that I truly mind the conversations, exactly, it’s more that I am not a “talk about myself” person. Never have been. I’m more of a sit on the outside and watch kind of person, honestly.  But, it’s graduation season, which means much like the dreaded holiday season, I am going to be seeing tons of people and answering the question repeatedly. The one question I can answer quickly, however,  is about my inspiration.  It’s everywhere.  Sometimes it’s from a news report.  Sometimes it’s from something someone has said in passing.  Other times it’s from an idea that just popped right into my head while I was taking a shower (okay, get your mind out of the gutter!)...Read More

Writing is a sport… Or, why we all need a little coaching

May 15, 2014 Author LifeblogWorks in Progress  No comments

Whether you’re an athlete or an artist, there comes a point where you realize if you’re serious about your dream, you’re going to need some help getting there.  Call it a coach – call it a mentor – call it a guru – call it whatever you want, but if you want to get where you want to go, you need that person who can direct and guide you, push you to your goal.

This past week, I, thankfully, found someone to be that person.  (You’ll thank her too when this book comes out!) She’s fantastic at what she does.  One part editor, one part teacher, one part cheerleader, one part sounding board – she’s the perfect mix to get me past the road block with Emma and Reece and rolling right on through their story.  Yes, admittedly, there were plenty of comments on the first chapter she read – but I knew there would be – and every one of them were “teaching” comments and helpful to moving me on to a better story.  After all, isn’t that what a coach is supposed to do? I’m sure when she gets down...Read More

There’s no “I” in Research

January 19, 2014 Author LifeblogWorks in Progress

Anyone who knows me will stand up and say I am a type-A person. I might even have a smidge of perfectionist in me. (I can see my sister and best friend both rolling their eyes at me – fine, I’m a perfectionist. Better?)  So, when I’m writing, I like to know I have all my facts straight. Or in this case, twisted.

I research.  A lot.

I’m going to preface this story by saying, there’s one important thing to know about me – when I need stress relief, or just a workout, I hit the ballet barre. Hands down my first go-to thing.  I even have a portable one that breaks down and travels with me. My dog is trained to lay under it while I’m working out and he “coaches” me.  (Ok, so maybe he just gives me the “you’re really giving up already,” look when I want to cop out early, but I count that as coaching!)  I’ve been dancing since I could walk and come from a family of dancer. It’s in my blood. It’s as easy for me as breathing and it is immensely...Read More

It’s a New Year!

January 4, 2014 Author Lifeblog  No comments

Wow, that image says it all.  It’s almost inconceivable that 2013 is over and 2014 is here.

Where did the year go??

As I reflect back on this past year, there have been so many changes in my life and yet, so many things are the same.  One of the major changes is right here!  I’ve updated the widgets, added some new links, and a few new images.

Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be working on a special project, exclusive to this site, which is change number two.   I’m really very excited about it and I hope you’re going to be as enthusiastic about it when you read it as I am writing it.

Change number three will have to do with the general structure of the posts.  There will be times when...Read More