From the Start – Book Review

IMG_0034

Over the weekend, I received a wonderful surprise in my mailbox – an advance copy of Melissa Tagg’s, From the Start. The delightful characters from Maple Valley jumped off the page and into my heart.

(From the back cover) Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn’t kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays…until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend’s hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he’s lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he’s never really done normal before. While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it’s like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn’t part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that’s ever happened to them?

 As a writer, I immediately connected with Kate and walked along side her through the ups and downs of her journey in the novel. Melissa did an excellent job of making characters and the story real. Kate is a prime example. She comes to a place where she has her life figured out – all the pieces in place. However, she fails that God sees the big picture and her life isn’t going to go quite as she planned. It was a fabulous reminder for all of us, that God has a purpose and plan for each of us, we just need to be willing to take the risk, like Kate, and step out in faith.

I would highly recommend this book as well as Melissa’s other great books, Made to Last and Here to Stay. You will immediately fall in love with her characters and engaging stories.


**Don’t forget that I will be announcing the winners of my latest book giveaway on Friday. To enter, you simply need to leave a comment. I would love to hear about a time you took a risk and stepped out.

What are you planting?

seedlings

The weather was absolutely gorgeous yesterday. The sun was out and the temperature was warm enough to shed the coats and bring the patio table and chairs out of storage. It was also the perfect time to get the seeds planted for the garden. The kids were all eager to join in the task, carefully poking a hole in the soil and placing the tiny seed inside. Years ago I never would have imagined being excited to plant seeds and tend a garden. However, things have changed. Continue reading

Unfailing Love

God's Love Text

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the credit card commercial that went something like this:

  • Pizza with everyone’s favorite toppings – $30
  • Board game everyone can agree upon – $20
  • Quality time with family – PRICELESS

I just love those. It really makes you stop and think about what is important and of value in your life.

I know that as a wife and mother, I couldn’t begin to quantify my love for my husband and children. That’s why this verse in Psalm really hit home with me. Continue reading

Friday Afternoon Fun

spring forward

I have to admit that I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that this Sunday we “spring” forward for daylight savings day when the view out my windows looks more like “walking in a winter wonderland.” So, I plan on cuddling up with my fuzzy blanket next to the fire while I flip through the seed catalogs and dream about my garden.

With Spring just about the corner, hopefully, what are you most looking forward to?

Happy

This song seemed so appropriate for today, since my daughter is coming home for spring break. Also, a shout out to my mom who is in this video.

 

What makes you happy? Share in the comment section. Each comment will get you entered into the drawing for FREE books. The winners will be announced Monday on the blog. Have a Happy weekend!

Writer’s Wednesday: Ask the Author

q&Asymbol_1

For today’s edition of Writer’s Wednesday, I decided to do something fun. I’ve had several people ask me questions about writing; so today I’m going to have “Ask the Author.” This is your chance to find out a little more about my writing and me. I will get you started with a few questions and then open it up to you. All you need to do is leave a question for me in the comment section below. I will respond to each question. Don’t forget, any comment or question left on the blog this week will get you entered into the drawing for FREE books. You don’t want to miss out. So, let’s get started!

What is your writing routine?  Any quirky habits or must-have snacks?

My writing routine would be to sit down with two or three sharpened pencils, large eraser, pencil sharpener and a yellow legal pad. I guess you could say I’m old school. I simply love writing out my rough draft by hand, flipping page after page in the legal pad. When I am working on a manuscript, I generally work throughout the day while the kids are at school. Pouring over one scene after another. Once I complete a chapter, I will type it into the computer. I have started using Scrivener, which is an incredible program, not just for writers. But I won’t go into all the benefits of that program today J

As far as snacks go, it is necessary for me to have my cup of coffee and Reese’s pieces or almonds (depending upon my mood).

What message do you hope readers take away from this book?

          Whether I am writing fiction or non-fiction, I want my readers to take away hope and encouragement. I also want my writing to draw others closer to Christ and spur them on to be a light to those around them.

 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?

When I am not writing, I am spending time with my husband and kids. I love to garden and can the fresh produce for the cold winter months. I also enjoy reading, crocheting and scrapbooking.

What books are on your nightstand right now?

Patsy Clairmont’s, You are More Than you Know and Debbie Macomber’s, Mr. Miracle

Now, it is your turn. What would you like to know? Ask away. I look forward to hearing your questions and connecting with you today.

Exciting Changes

changes-ahead-exit-sign

Before I tell you about the exciting changes taking place here at “Threads of the Heart”, I would like to apologize for my absence over the past several weeks. Aside from some sporadic posts here and there I have been pretty quiet. You see I have been dealing with quite a few issues, including medical problems. I received word from my doctor last week regarding the biopsy results – no cancer. For the first time in several weeks, I am able to breathe again. I have a new lease on life, so to speak. Continue reading