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Book Review: Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren

"You are an adult now, Krista. You can fight off your own predators. But the biggest one you face is inside you. You know that, don't you?"

Krista Mueller returns to her home in New Mexico around Christmastime to visit her dying mother who was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s twelve years ago, which was the last time she saw her mother when she admitted her to Cimarron Care Center.
She carries around the ghosts of what her mother used to be, all the bad memories and blocks out the good. She’s afraid to love and forgive.
While there, she re-meets her high school sweetheart, Dane McConnell, a doctor there, who reminds her of what it means to love with mercy and grace.
The first thing I noticed is that Mercy Come Morning has incredibly long chapters. Of 222 pages, it only has 15 chapters. I found myself often stopping in the middle of scenes due to lack of time to read instead of being able to find a good stopping point within the next few pages.
It takes a while for t…

Encouragement for Writers and Other Artists

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

I found this on a great blog, which is also a great encouragement for writers.

Hope you have a great day full of little things that encourage you!

Take a Breather.

Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Thanksgiving can be a stressful time, getting food and homes ready for gatherings, but don't forget to make time for God and for family. For a holiday that is made for rest and giving thanks, we tend to forget what it's all about. It's easy to get "distracted by all the preparations", like Martha, and forget about the important things. So let's follow Mary'…

Book Review: The Crossing by Serita Ann Jakes

Have you ever experienced something so tragic, you couldn't forget? Where every sight, sound, or smell reminded you of a time you'd rather forget? Claudia has. 10 years ago, her teacher, friend, and confidant was murdered right before her eyes and the killer was never found.

The Crossing was a great read, full of emotional ups and downs with Claudia, her husband Victor as he re-opens the case, and their struggle to get past the pain and learn to love each other all over again.

I do have to say the first couple of chapters were a bit slow for me. After about seven chapters, the pace does start to pick up with the mystery that evidence not found during the original investigation is discovered. Many of the twists and turns in the plot surprised me, and I read a lot of suspense novels!

Serita Jakes creates a story of love, forgiveness, and putting the past behind. She certainly kept me guessing until the end who the killer was. I got close, but I never exactly hit the target bullse…

Beautiful Bride!

Back in August, I did my first bridal hair and makeup! I recently received pictures from the wedding. Here are some of my favorites.

The bride made her own dress! How cool is that?! What a talented lady! You can see more pictures from her wedding by clicking here

Book PREveiw: Outlining Your Novel

I recently ordered the book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M Weiland. I can't wait for it to get here! Outlining my novel is something I have trouble with. I just want to write, and sometimes that's a good thing, but mostly, it's a bad thing because I don't know where I'm going next with the story line. I'm excited to learn how to "map my way to success"!

Plus, if you order it from now until Friday on, you can win a ton of great prizes from the author, K.M Weiland, including a Kindle! Click on this link to learn more: Help boost this author in Amazon's ratings!

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Author Kristen Heitzmann

Ever since I started reading novels, Kristen Heitzmann has been one of my favorite authors. The first "adult" novel I ever read was her Freefall. My summer reading consisted of her two latest, Indivisible and Indelible.

Her writing always takes me on such an adventure, whether it be to tropical Hawaii or to the mountains of cowboy country. She inspired me to write.

Not only is it the romance and suspense of each of her novels that I love and that keeps me turning the pages, what sets Kristen apart form other romantic suspense authors is the psychological side of them. In each of her novels, there is a dark and twisted character, but somehow you understand him or her, like you're in his or her mind.

Often times, a main character will a psychological ailment that prevents them from facing their fears or finding love. Her characters and very relatable, and the female is usually arsty and creative, while the male is usually very rough and masculine (which I do not mind at a…


I stood in front of a wall with a million tiny pictures spread across my eyesight, each telling a different story. I studied each one confused to the point of a headache how these could relate to each other. A glowing mother nurses her baby in one, a filthy child in a third-world country cries in another. Each picture so different. Some made my heart break and some made my heart flutter with joy. I tried to puzzle them together in my head taking each in a methodical order, only to frustrate myself. What is this supposed to be? I screamed. I don’t understand!
With my nose pressed against the wall I looked back and forth, up and down. Some of the pictures were even too high up for me to see. I’m not the tallest person, you see.So I stepped back. Even more pictures appeared. What is this? I stamped my foot and balled my fists. I’m tired of trying to figure this out myself!
Then why are you? A voice said. I looked around but saw nothing.
Who said that? Who are you? I demanded.
I’m the Master …


Conversations so empty,
Why do we even talk?
The small talk is meaningless
And what we think is meaningful is really just talking about ourselves
Our lives.
It’s all we really care about.
Because when we ask, “how are you?”
We don’t really mean it.
We think it’s a simple question and become afraid when they tell us how they really are.
When someone doesn’t smile, we avoid asking why.

We're uncomfortable with debatable topics, changing the subject.

We shy away from real life.
All we want to hear is the good.
We don’t care to listen to each other’s problems,
To just be there and be silent.
We don’t need to fix them,
There’s only so much we can really do or say.
Sometimes we can help them figure out the next step
But ask anyone.
They just want someone to listen.

So stop talking.

And when you do, mean it.
Ask a question and care to listen.
If you think speaking your mind makes an impact,
Try listening and see what happens.
Someone might not remember what you said the last time you spoke,
But someone will remem…

My love, Toby.

Today is my dog, Toby's, 11th birthday, but this year, we won't be able to celebrate with him. 5 days ago, we had to put him down.

Cancer had invaded his bones and the weather was taking toll on him. He was the best dog ever and will always be remembered and always be loved.

Toby February 22, 2000 - February 17, 2011

The last picture I took of him.

This is the last picture my sister took of him. It's special because he's actually looking at the camera and he hates getting his picture taken. Isn't he adorable? I bet he's giving people looks like that in heaven to get some extra kisses and belly rubs. ♥ 

True Beauty Day

Most of you know of my passion for girls to see their true beauty and helping them feel as beautiful as they really are. That was the reason for my career decision as a cosmetologist. I've been carrying on the Operation Beautiful mission by having the words "You Are BEAUTIFUL" written on my mirror at school. (My mom even wrote a post about this, it impacted her...check it out!

As I was coming home from school yesterday (after lamenting over my nail that broke off earlier) I was listening to the radio, as always, and heard an interveiw with Gracie Flanagan, the mind behind an event called "True Beauty Day".

True Beauty Day takes place Friday, April 22nd, 2011. Four years ago, she and her friend came up with the idea for True Beauty Day their freshman year of high school. Gracie's friend joked about how she really didn't want wear makeup to school tomorrow, so she and Gracie decided for the next w…