Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston . . . and other Valor Books

I just can’t say enough good things about the novel Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston. I was asked to review it by the publisher, and fortunately the novel arrived in the mail on a day when I was not feeling well. It saved my life! I just LOVE these old ladies and the hilarious situations […]

Losing to a Senior First-Timer

My mother-in-law is here from Europe visiting for two months, from Portugal specifically. She used to come more often, but this is only the second time she’s been here since 9/11 terrorist attacks. I can understand her fear. After all, she’s sixty-nine years old, and she doesn’t speak English. In past trips, she has missed […]

A Whole New World Spoof (A New Bathroom!)

Here is a spoof off of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.” Dedicated to all you do-it-yourselfers out there. Sing it at your next church karaoke party. Believe it or not, that’s what I wrote it for and my husband and I sang it. Embarrassing! It takes practice (especially the toilet/Japan part), but it fits the […]

An Angel on Main Street

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, and there’s nothing quite like a tender Christmas story to get you into the holiday mood. Fortunately, I had the good fortune to receive a copy of An Angel on Main Street by Kathi Oram Peterson, which I read in one sitting. Micah […]

Win a copy of Dawn’s Early Light by Laurie (L.C.) Lewis

Lovers of historical fiction will be excited to know that L.C. Lewis’s new novel Dawn’s Early Light, book three of her Free Men and Dreamer’s series, is now available. This compelling novel is set against the backdrop of the War of 1812 and covers the first American-born generation—the children of the Founding Fathers. For those […]

Keeping Trim After Thirty-Seven

I have finally discovered it! Yes, the secret to losing the weight that most everyone, even those who’ve never had a weight problem before, have put on after age thirty-seven. You see, once you reach this ripe old age, you are only a hop, skip, and jump away from forty, which every teenager knows means […]

Saving Madeline Blog Tour Winners!

Okay, the Blog Tour contest for Saving Madeline has come to an end. My children and I typed and folded each entry into a black hat, and then the youngest drew the names from the hat. We had just over 200 comments on all the blogs. Some readers searched for more than one blog and […]

Saving Madeline Last Days to Win

Okay, we’re coming down to the last few days of my contest. Visit any of these new sites and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a few copy of Saving Madeline. If you haven’t already left comments at the other sites, check my past posts for the URL. Good luck!

Different Doesn’t Mean Wrong

A few weeks ago I was at the Olympic Park in Park City, Utah waiting in line for the Alpine Slide ride, and I couldn’t help but overheard the two young mothers in front of me discussing how they succeeded in making their babies sleep through the night. They used phrases like, “He only cried […]

The Sister Pact

Last Saturday I was sick, really sick. I could do little but lie on the couch and feel miserable for myself. But I could also read, and that’s what saved the day. Let’s back up a little. You see, I’d received the book, The Sister Pact by Cami Checketts, to review a few days earlier, […]