My Favorite Things Tag

Favorite things tag

A new friend of mine tagged me in a post this tag post! It sounds super fun, too. And if you haven’t read anything from the Dino’s Digest blog, you definitely want to do so. That Dino is super hilarious!

Here are the rules:

1. Link back to and thank the person who tagged you.

2. Link back to and thank the blogger who created the tag.

3. List and picture seven of your favorite things.

4. Tag seven people—or as many as you can remember without straining your brain.

5. Use the picture above.

6. List the seven rules.

7. Have fun!


I always feel better when I list some of my favorite things, so here they are. Since I’m not good with poetry, I’m not even going to try to make it musical or rhyming enough to sing along with the song. As tempting as that is. (Note: These are listed in the order I think of them, not necessarily in the order I like them best).

1. My husband. He’s cute, funny, annoying, and quite sweet when he tries to be (sometimes when he isn’t trying, too). And we just celebrated 13 months of married life!

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2. Dark Chocolate with Nuts. This is one of my favorite snacks. I doesn’t matter if the chocolate is covering the nuts or you eat a chocolate chip and a nut together, or even if it’s a chocolate square heated up with some peanut butter and stirred together. It all tastes delicious!

3. Fall. It’s my favorite season of the year. The crunchy leaves, cool air, beautiful colors and the promise of winter (a tie for my second favorite season).

4. Writing. This should be a no-brainer guess for anyone who has read much on this blog. I love writing so much I made it my full-time job. And now I’m teaching writing part-time as well! And volunteering my time on two other websites where I help other writers. That’s just a taste of how much I love writing. Apparently I can’t get enough of it.

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5. Helping people. This is probably one of my weaknesses actually, too. I tend to help other people more than I probably should. Which means I either stress myself out by doing too much or don’t get something else done that I should be doing.

6. Music. Whether playing piano, flute, or listening to music, I just love it. Specific kinds, though, since I’m a bit picky.

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7. Family. I love my family whether my immediate family or now my in-laws as well.


And there you have it. What are your 7 favorite things? I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but rather say if you have a blog and are reading this, consider yourself tagged.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I think I’ve done it before, but the questions are always different, so it’s fun each time. I hope you enjoy reading it.


First off, I want to thank  Madeleine at The Introverted Raconteur for the tag a couple weeks ago. It was fun to read her post.
Now onto the questions!!!
Madeleine asked some tough, but fun questions. Here they are with my answers.
  1. What are two superpowers you wish you had? (one practical and one extremely ridiculous!) My practical superpower would be real eyes in the back of my head so I can keep tabs on whomever I need to. The not-so-practical superpower would be invisibility. I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in some meetings or something, so invisibility is about the closest I could get to that.
  2. Are you currently writing a book? Share a little about it! No, I am not currently writing a book. I am currently writing one book and editing four others. Since I’m not ready to talk about the one I’m writing I’ll talk about the one I’m editing that is closest to publication. He Leadeth Me is the fourth and last in the Orphans of the West Series. It is about Gage Wilhelm and what he does after receiving the deed to his father’s farm. One of my beta-readers loved one of the relationships especially since it had some extra ups and downs many don’t have in books.
  3. What is one piece of poetry that, when you read it, you go “oh my word that is me!”? Um, well, basically the only poetry I’ve read is the book of Psalms. And there are a few that make me feel that way, but especially Psalm 4:1: “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” There have been times when I felt that way.
  4. What/who inspired you to start writing? That was so long ago, I really don’t know for sure. My mom, maybe?
  5. Weirdest quote from a project of yours? These is only “weird” because it’s between two sisters:”Em, I know you are mad at me, but I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for years now.”
    Emmie turned around and glared at her. “Did you ever think that I changed my phone number for that very reason?”
  6. Is there a book universe that you totally would visit, if possible? Ilyon from Jaye L. Knight’s Ilyon Chronicles series, but only after things get resolved. 😉
  7. What is your most prized possession? Why? I would have to say my wedding ring because of the symbolism it holds as well as the fact that it means I am married to the most wonderful man on earth!
  8. Who in your life has been the most influential when it comes to your faith journey? I would have to say my mom is. She was my schoolteacher throughout my life and she brought in the Bible in so many places, it was impossible NOT to grow.
  9. What is the best movie you’ve ever seen? What did you love about it? Unidentified by Five and Two Pictures. I love it because of all the varying viewpoints they bring into the storyline while still keeping it Christian. I think the best part of the movie, though, is the fact that the main character is a struggling Christian. Someone who ends up not being sure he was ever truly saved to begin with.
  10. What is the best piece of advice for writers you’ve heard? Stick with it. There will always be tough times in writing and especially editing. But if you stick with it, eventually you will reap the rewards for your effort.
  11. What would you describe your writing style like? I’m going to steal my mom’s description of my writing style. It’s somewhere between Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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Announcing…

…my shiny, new, second blog. In the last couple of weeks, my new venture of blog tour orchestrations has taken off much faster and more prolifically than I ever expected. Because of that, I decided to create a second blog specifically for the blog tours I orchestrate and/or sign up for. This blog will be for all of my personal Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections.

So, if you would like to learn more about new books, please feel free to head over to my new blog, Bookish Orchestrations. My first (real) post will be going up on June 2nd when Aubrey Hansen stops by for her blog tour.

Also Announcing…

Novellas2 Cover Reveal

My upcoming cover reveal! If you like scavenger hunts, you’ll like this tour. And if you have a blog and would like to help me announce the cover reveal, you can sign up here.

I think those are all of my announcements I’m willing to make for now. Although, there will be more upcoming, so stay tuned.

7-7-7 challenge

A blogger friend of mine recently did this challenge and tagged anyone who hadn’t done it and who wanted to do it. So here I am!

These are the rules:

  • Go to page 7 of your WIP
  • Scroll down to line 7
  • Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.
  • After the excerpt, tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am currently editing and writing, so I have two Works in Progress (WIP). Because of this, I will actually post TWO excerpts. 😀 One will be from Lily of the Valley which I am editing, and the other from The Solid Rock which is being written pretty much as we speak. 🙂 Enjoy!

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An Unusual Series

I’m a guest blogger this morning on the Petticoat and Pistol blog. I’ve been following that blog for a few months now and they often have great posts and lots of giveaways. Today, my books are featured and I’m also doing a giveaway. Here is a portion of what I am writing about. To read the whole post, click on the link at the end of the post.

Hymns of the West

On my blog recently, I was asked the following questions:

 As a writer of a series of books, do you fear you’ll lose momentum going into the next book or maybe that you will fall into the same pattern as the last one? For me, even with different characters, I find some books have the same rhythm. How do you avoid this?

I love this question for two reasons. Number one, it means I get to talk about each of my books at the same time. And number two, because I get to introduce my series to my readers in a more complete fashion that I haven’t done before.

To be honest, I don’t fear losing momentum going into the next book because each book is so different and I love revisiting old characters and creating new characters. As for falling into the same pattern, I don’t think that will be an issue either, again because of how different each book is from the others. If I do have that problem, it will be in books 2 and 3 since those two are so similar. Click here to read the rest of this post. 

Exciting News!

Before I get to the exciting news, I do have a favor to ask anybody who has a blog and would like to participate to go to this form and check out the details. The form is asking for people to participate in my big cover reveal. A fun giveaway is planned for the cover reveal as well, so make sure you stop by my blog when I do the cover reveal September 15-22.

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In Which I Prattle on About Various Elements of Eleven

Sunflower award

I have been awarded the Sunflower award by Sarah from the Stardust and Gravel blog.

What is that?

Thanks for asking! The Sunflower award is when a blogger tags you to be a part of a fun blog event. All you have to do is give 11 random facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions from the awardee, tag 11 more bloggers, and give those bloggers 11 more questions to answer. Sounds fun, right? I sure hope so!   Here we go!

 11 random facts about me. This could be interesting. 😛

  •  I like to write fiction, but I very rarely am able to write poetry. Even when I can, it isn’t very good.
  •  My favorite genre is Historical Fiction, unless it comes to movies. Most Historical Fiction movies that I have seen are either too glamorized, too unrealistic, or too gory to watch.
  •  I have successfully helped install two laminate floors and done two others almost all by myself.
  •  I am a very untypical female. I can live without chocolate and I don’t like to go shopping, unless it is for material or some other craft thing.
  •  Each book I have written so far has been written in a different way somehow.       Either it has been in a different tense, a different person, or not written straight through from beginning to end.
  •  I know, or know of, FOUR Andrew’s who all have the same middle name. What’s with that, anyway?
  •  I drink lots of water and bring a water bottle pretty much everywhere.
  •  I wear skirts or dresses all the time unless I am helping to unload hay.
  •  I don’t like most of the contemporary Christian music.
  •  Since it is summer, I may as well include this fact that nobody will probably care about.       I don’t tan. At all. Ever.       All I do is burn and peel.
  •  I just discovered (yesterday) a very successful, at least for me, way to edit my books. (More on this in a later post)

 11 Questions

 1. What’s the last sentence you wrote in a story?

God knew my vision before I did and made it more than I had ever thought possible.

 
 2. What was the last movie you watched?

Parent Trap (the old one with Hayley Mills)

3. Do you have a favorite quote?

“I don’t believe in coincidences, only God-incidences.”-a pastor I heard somewhere

 4. Favorite food?

Without a doubt, it would be Lasagna.

5. Have you ever seen a shooting star?

I think I have, but I can’t remember for sure.

6. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three books, which would you bring?

Some sort of herbal and/or plant identification book, Resistance by Jaye L. Knight, and The Holy Bible

7. In real life, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned?

Old-fashioned with a slight mix of modern. There are some modern conveniences that are quite nice to have, but I do prefer a lot of the old-fashioned clothes, styles, and lifestyles.

8. In fiction, which appeals to you more: futuristic, modern, or old-fashioned? (Other worlds count.)

Old-fashioned. I like to read about what things were like back then.

9. What’s the strangest thing hanging on your wall in your room?

I have a nice little line up of 1 foot square crates hanging on my wall to hold various things including old pairs of glasses, head scarves, and my camera.

10. What’s your favorite bird?

Bald Eagles. They are so majestic and pretty.

11.  Robin Hood or King Arthur?

Robin Hood. I’ve probably read at least two different versions of the story and seen at least three different versions of the movie. As much as the King Arthur legend fascinates me, the magic that is usually in it repels me more than the history draws me in.

 My 11 tagged Bloggers

 Pen Help

David Hartung

Jonathan Garner

Holy Worlds

Aubrey Hansen

Sarah Holman

Jaye L. Knight

The Second Sentence

Books and Benches

The Arsenal

However Improbable

 11 Questions for the bloggers

  1. What is your favorite kind of tree?
  2. Do you prefer tea or coffee or neither?
  3. What is your favorite social media site?
  4. What is the last sentence you wrote in a story?
  5. Who is your favorite historical figure and why?
  6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  7. What’s your favorite dessert?
  8. If you could live in any time period (past, present, or future) what would you choose?
  9. What is your favorite book to re-read (besides the Bible)
  10. What genre do you read most?
  11. What is the best movie you have ever watched?