Authors Inspiring Writers #5) Kelly Goshorn

The Moment that Changed Everything

Thank you, KyLee, for welcoming me on your blog today. For those of you who don’t know me, and that is probably most of you, I am a historical romance writer, wife and mom who is somewhat obsessed with my Pembroke Welsh corgi, Levi. KyLee and I met through American Christian Fiction Writers and are now critique partners.

Encouraging other writers is something dear to my heart. I would never have finished A Love Restored if it wasn’t for the encouragement that came my way just when I needed it. An email from a friend who liked my characters or a comment in a critique that my dialogue made them chuckle. Whew! There’s nothing worse than trying to be funny only to find out you’re falling short of the mark!

But one particular piece of advice, changed everything.

I’d been writing seriously for about two years in April 2014 when I sat at my computer looking at the all the comments in red I’d received from a contest entry—”deepen the POV here, more detailed description there, and you used the word ‘gaze’ seven times in this scene.” While I knew the judge’s comments were intended to help me improve, I felt overwhelmed and way out of my league.

I closed the laptop and shook a mental fist at God. “Why did you call me to such a ridiculously unattainable task?” The names of my favorite authors flooded my mind—Tamera Alexander, Karen Witemeyer and Julie Lessman. I failed miserably in comparison.

Discouraged, I slumped over my computer and sobbed. “I can’t write like them, Lord. I can’t write like Julie Lessman or Tamera Alexander. Why are you asking me do this?” As the tears streamed from my face, another voice spoke to my heart.

That’s right, you can’t write like them.

Wait. What? That wasn’t exactly the encouragement I was hoping for, God. Maybe a “keep at it, you’ll get there” or something. Then He spoke again. This time zinging my heart like only He can do with His timeless wisdom and truth.

I don’t want you to write like them. I want you to write like you.

Reality struck. The only one expecting me to write like someone else, was me. Although I had no idea what “writing like me” meant, I felt a great burden lift from my shoulders. My God who placed this desire in my heart didn’t want me to be anyone else but who he created me to be. I began praying for his inspiration as I wrote each day and while there were still many ups and downs along my road to publication, I no longer lived in the shadow of wanting to be like someone else.

Don’t get me wrong, I still read and admire the way my favorite authors tell stories, but I am content with letting Karen Witemeyer be Karen Witemeyer while I work on being the best writer I can be.

A friend sent me this quote which I printed and pinned to the messy bulletin board that hangs above my writing desk.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

I do believe God has given me a gift for weaving words, but where that talent will take me is likely to be quite different from where it will take Julie Lessman. And that’s fine with me. After all, any talent he may bestow on us as writers, even in the tiniest measure, isn’t granted to make us feel good about ourselves or even for others to read an entertaining, well-written story. The purpose of His gifts is always to glorify the Giver.

I can’t do that if I’m trying to be another Tamera Alexander. Besides, He has one of those already and she’s quite amazing in that role.

Instead, I choose not to compare myself to others or their accomplishments, but instead to rejoice in their successes while trusting God with the unique path He is preparing for me. That is where I will find the freedom to express myself and tell the stories He’s laid on my heart. That is how I will find joy in the journey.


About Kelly

Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith and family set in nineteenth century America. Her debut novel, A Love Restored, received recognition as the winner of the 2015 COTT Olympia Contest and as a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACFW Genesis Contest. Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever- after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 27 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

 

You can connect with Kelly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and her website http://kellygoshorn.com/

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Authors Inspiring Writers # 4) Dawn V. Cahill

Continuing our series of inspirational articles from published authors, I’d like to introduce indie author Dawn V. Cahill.

~ KyLee

Hello there, I’m an indie author from the great Pacific Northwest, and I write under the pen name of Dawn V. Cahill. I began my self-publishing journey on Kindle Direct, then branched out to Smashwords. I’m here to share a little of my journey and some words to encourage you on yours!

First, let me tell you a little about my books. My “brand” is Hot Topic Fiction. As my website describes it, the characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about. “Hot Topic Fiction” isn’t afraid to explore the question, how does God want us to live out our faith in this not-so-brave new world? Without insulting the reader by offering pat or easy answers–because there aren’t any–HTF tells stories of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in an upside-down world.

A few summers ago at a writers’ conference, I met an agent who showed interest in my debut novel, Sapphire Secrets, and asked me to send the entire manuscript. Excited, I did so, and concluded that, although not a guarantee that she would take me on as a client, it meant my writing was good enough to draw attention from a publishing professional. A few weeks later, I received her response. She did enjoy my story, but unfortunately the edgy factor made her decline. But by then, I’d gotten enough positive feedback, lifted enough “what-now” prayers to the Lord, that I felt it was time to go ahead and indie publish. I had heard of too many wannabe published authors who had been waiting for years for either a book deal from a trad publisher, or even an agent to pitch for them. I’m the kind of person who goes after what I want, and I didn’t want to wait untold months to get my story out there. So the DIY option turned out to be the perfect solution for someone like me.

Some new authors find that after their debut hits the market, burnout can strike. After all, writing is hard work, and takes a lot out of you. What if you become weary of it all? I would say, a mini-sabbatical might be just what you need to infuse new life into your writing. Put away your manuscript for, say, a week, along with your writing books and your writer loops, and just read some good Christian books. This will give your mind a rest from the strain of putting words on paper…er, screen. There’s nothing like a mental break that can revive a weary writer. As long as you stick with the time-frame you’ve promised yourself.

When I need inspiration, or I’m “stuck”, a hike up my favorite mountain trail almost always gets those brain juices aflowin’. I’ve had some of my best “epiphany” moments on a mountain trail. Now, not everyone has access to a mountain trail. But do you have a happy place, or a favorite outdoor spot, that calms and soothes you? A place where you feel close to the Lord? Meditate on His presence, and wait for His reviving touch!

“What about those lazy days when I’d rather do anything else but write?” you may be asking. Here’s where an accountability partner can give you that push you need. I encourage you to make some goals and share them with that person. Another place to find accountability is through ACFW’s Novel Track. When I make a monthly goal and make it known to my fellow loopers, I write a lot more than I would have without them. Accountability is key!

For you perfectionists out there… A long time ago, I resigned myself to the reality that I’ll never achieve perfection. Instead, I downgraded to “excellentist,” which is, unlike perfection, attainable. The more we keep learning, the closer we get to excellence. Fortunately, the resource reservoir for writers is full to bursting! Nearly to the point of information overload, in fact. Before I finished my first novel, I took an online fiction-writing course from a well-known Christian author. If you have the monetary resources to do so, it’s a smart move. If not, I highly recommend one or two novel-writing books which contain exercises to hone your skills. Also, join a writers group—local or national—if you haven’t already, and get plugged into a critique group. I can’t tell you how valuable other authors’ feedback is. They spot things we can’t see ourselves. For me, entering writing contests generated additional feedback. Before I published my first book, I entered about five contests for unpublished authors, and it seemed that in each one I received better scores and more favorable comments than the last one. It was encouraging to track how much I’d improved! If not for professional coaching, I doubt my debut novel, Sapphire Secrets, would have received the glowing reviews that it did!

If you want to know more about me and my books, come visit my website at www.dawnvcahill.com/mybooks. Thank you for sharing my journey today.

~Dawn


Author Dawn V. Cahill pens “Stories of Victorious Faith for the 21st Century,” nearly always with a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or dark chocolate nearby. “The characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about.”

Seeing an unfilled niche in the Christian fiction market, Ms. Cahill created Hot Topic Fiction at an intensive four-day writers conference. HTF isn’t afraid to explore the question, how does God want us to live out our faith in this not-so-brave new world? Without insulting the reader by offering pat or easy answers–because there aren’t any–HTF tells stories of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in an upside-down world.

Ms. Cahill also blogs about puppies, substance abuse, and single parenting…sometimes all in the same day. She’s going to finish that novel she started at age 11 called Mitch and the Martians…someday. She has written several newspaper articles, three Christian contemporary novels, and more limericks than she can count. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). You can email Dawn at dawn@dawnvcahill.com, find her on Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website dawnvcahill.com  

Authors Inspiring Writers #3) Jennifer A. Davids

Hey there, Weary Writer.

My name is Jennifer A. Davids. I’m a published author and though I haven’t been in this business as long as some, I’ve been around long enough to know how it feels from where you’re sitting right now. I hope what I have to say will encourage you to keep moving forward.

Have you ever noticed that when we talk about our writing – or life for that matter – we often refer to it as a journey?

“My writing journey began…”

“Our journey together as man and wife…”

“This is where my journey in life has taken me…”

That all sounds so lyrical and patient and put-together. But do we really act that way? Do we talk the talk but not walk the walk, so to speak?

“I have to get an agent right. now.”

“I have to go straight to college after I graduate.”

“I’m 22! Why aren’t I married yet?”

My son is mildly autistic. He’s graduated high school and while he’s taken a semester of college he hasn’t gone back. He’s just not ready. When people ask about him I tell them he’s doing Adulting 101. He has a job, his own budget, and pays us money for his car insurance. He’s learning. Yes, his peers are ahead of him. And that worries some people. But it doesn’t worry me. He’ll get there. I trust God to tell me when it’s time to give him that push.

He’s on a journey, not in a race.

Writing is no different.

I got my first contract with Heartsong Presents in 2010. After three books with them I didn’t get another publishing contract (different house this time) until 2017. Yes, that is a huge gap. What was I doing all that time?

Learning.

I knew little to nothing about the writing life back then. I didn’t even know about ACFW until after I had gotten my first contract. I didn’t even know there were organizations like ACFW. Yeah. Real newbie. I knew next to no one in the business. Not an editor (save the one who signed me) or an agent or a fellow author. And God knew that. He knew what I needed to learn and exactly how fast I needed to learn it. And that took seven years.

Because I’m on a journey. Not in a race.

And so are you.

I know it stinks to feel stuck. To feel tired and weary. To sit down at your keyboard and wonder, ‘Why on earth am I still doing this???’ But the thing is this: You’re on a journey, not in a race. The best journeys take time. Sit back. Look out the window. Enjoy the view. Learn from where ever you are right now. What is God trying to teach you right now?

I know what you’re thinking.

Yeah it worked out for you but what about me? What if it doesn’t work out for me?

No matter what God has in store for you it will be wonderful. He promises good things for His children and He will bring you to what is best.

I used to think I wanted to get published by this big publishing house. They had the best covers and they published the best authors and I wanted to sign with them so much I could taste it. But because God knows me better than I know me, He saw I needed something different. So He had me wait until I was ready to let go of that dream and take hold of another. And I am thrilled to be with the publisher I’m with now. It’s not the most traditional route but I’m not a very ‘traditional’ sort of person. Something else I came to realize during that long stretch of time.

Wait on the Lord, learn from Him.

Life is a journey. Not a race.


About Jennifer
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is a self-professed book nerd. The shelves of her office are overflowing with books and there are stacks of them by her bedside. When she’s not reading, she’s dreaming up a new story to tell her readers. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in English Education. Her next book, A Perfect Weakness, releases in July through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as a part of their Smitten Historical Romance line. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two cats.

You can find Jennifer on Facebook, Goodreads, Amason, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and on her website www.jenniferadavids.com

Authors Inspiring Writers #2) Joanna Davidson Politano

For the second installment of our Authors Inspiring Writers Series, I’m pleased to introduce Joanna Davidson Politano author of Lady Jayne Disappears and A Rumored Fortune. I met Joanna through American Christian Fiction Writers a short time before she signed with Revel. She is one of the most kind-hearted, gracious people I’ve met in the writing community. I know you will see this in her article below. Enjoy, and blessings to you in Jesus name.


I’m Joanna, the author of the historical novel Lady Jayne Disappears. I entered the world of publishing for the first time about 15 months ago when three different publishing houses offered me multi-book contracts around the same time. About 17 months ago, I decided I’d probably never be published so I was going to quit.

Isn’t it crazy what discouragement will make us believe?

I’d been writing for several years and submitting when I had the opportunity, but no one even responded to my submissions then—not in the agent realm or publisher. And then my babies started coming along, and I assumed (as in, DIDN’T talk with God about it) that it was time to set writing aside and raise my family. It seemed the sensible, noble route, and even though God had directed me to pursue this writing thing years before, I figured I’d just shelve it for a few years and pick it up later.

But more than taking the path of least resistance and prioritizing my family, the very human part of me had decided to shelve writing because I secretly believed there wasn’t room for me. It’s very wrong thinking, but that’s the candid reality of my heart at the time.

Have you ever reached the end of an absolutely stunning book and told yourself, “I can never do that” or “I’ll never be that good!” That was the first lie I allowed to seep into my heart (and I’ll share the second later).

Guys, I want to tell you all something super important. You have zero competition. None. If God has beckoned you into the adventure of spinning his truth into stories, there is an actual hole in this world that is the shape of your story, and no other book can fill it. He has people whose lives need to collide with your novel at the exact time it will be available to them, and He is sovereign over orchestrating that timing.
Think of your writing as a language. That language is a combination of your writing voice and tone, all the spiritual truths God has woven into your heart, and all the intricate parts of your personality, from passions to failures and wisdom. While other books you thought were amazing may not jive with certain readers for one reason or another, your book may be the exact “language” that synchs with someone else’s soul and your words flow directly, unhindered into their heart and hit them where they need it most. That book you think is so deep it makes your stuff look corny? Well, maybe that’s just not a topic that interests someone, or maybe it’s even too deep for another reader to pick up. But they’d pick up yours and be hit with truth about themselves or their life.
Imagine if you had stopped writing out of fear, or if you’d changed your writing to emulate some other language.
Ok, now to explain the second lie I believed. I thought that because no one was interested in publishing stories of my language that they weren’t of value. That meant I should change how I wrote, give up, or strive harder. So that second lie is this—publication is the ultimate goal. Please, hear this—publication is not the finish line we’re striving for. God is. Pursue Him hard through your writing as you untangle your stories together and see where he takes it from there. He has the power to pull absolutely anything together.
Happy writing, and blessings on your stories!


About Joanna

Joanna0005 (1)I’m a work-from-home mom of one super cute baby girl (pictures to prove it) and I write novels. I married my hero Vince, who is my love and my polar opposite. I write, he tears it up with the red pen. I break cars and other mechanical things, he puts them back together. He’s nailed the “speak the truth” thing, and I bring the “in love” part. But the real spark to our marriage is that he does not like chocolate and I…  like it a normal amount. We love and live from our little house in the woods near Lake Michigan, which is undergoing a constant renovation.

You can find Joanna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and her website jdpstories.com

 

Authors Inspiring Writers #1) J’nell Ciesielski

Hello readers,

KyLee here. Today we begin a series of guest blog posts, Authors Inspiring Writers (#authorsinspirewriters), from various Christian authors. The purpose of these articles is to encourage, uplift, and motivate others to keep reaching for their dreams. I hope and pray God’s blessings will pour out on the authors of this series who’ve chosen to share their experiences with us. As for you, dear readers and writers, be blessed by these testimonies as you commit your ways to the Lord and reach for your heart’s desires. (Psalms 37:4-5)

Future articles include those from Joanna Davidson Politano, Jennifer A. Davids, Dawn V. CahillKelly Goshorn, and Anne Carol.


So, we begin with author J’nell Ciesielski as she shares a snippet of advice from her writing journey.

I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams in particular are my specialty. Knights on white horses, beautiful puffy dresses, swashbucklers, Highland warriors, and highborn ladies of the manor. I can disappear into these worlds for hours with an utter sigh of happiness and longing. Longing to be a part of it. Books are the perfect escape, but it wasn’t enough. I needed to create the worlds and inhabit them with people I wanted to know, who journeyed off on adventures I wanted to do.

So I became a writer.

My first novel was a piece of my heart. Set in Scotland with more kilts than you can shake a stick at, I was deliriously happy with it. But, as is the fate of most first novels, it will never see the light of day. It’s riddled with beginner mistakes, unmotivated characters, a sagging middle, and head hopping. All big no-no’s. But like all novices with stars in their eyes, I didn’t know any better. So I started reading about the craft of writing and learned what point of view is, what the black moment consists of, and goal motivation and conflict. I joined Romance Writers of America and took their online classes. I entered contests where I won a few and lost plenty. I heard about these things called writer’s conferences, and critique partners. Each step built on the last and pushed me forward in my knowledge of the industry and the craft of writing. Then I started hearing things like “write to the market” “historicals are dead” “you need at least 1,000 followers on Facebook before a publisher will even look at you” “post on your blog weekly” “write what you know” and “to be published you MUST do x, y, and z”. My goodness! I wasn’t doing any of that! I panicked. I dove into social media and nearly drowned in the sheer exhaustion of it. I tried keeping a blog, but no one was reading it. I tried doing x, y, and z, but that wasn’t working either. But I loved writing and so I kept at it. The market may claim historicals are dead, but they aren’t to me. They are alive with such vibrancy that I can’t help spinning stories set in eras long gone. And as for “writing what I knew”—no way am I giving up my titled English ladies or army captain serving on the front lines of WWI France. I’m writing the stories I want to write not for fame or money (though that would be nice and most welcome). I write because I love it. Because I have so many things and people and places shifting through my head that I just have to get it out or I’ll explode. There are no hidden agendas in my stories, no subliminal messages, no stances on the current state of the world. I desire only to create simple love stories that survive whatever horribleness the world throws at them, whether that be Nazis, war, mustache twirling villains, or a past coming back to haunt them.

I’ve been officially writing for fifteen years. In 2013 I landed an agent, and only last April I got The Call for my first novel to be published. No, not that Scotland one. 😉 Through all these years and the highs and lows I’ve always said that I will continue to write even if I never get published. I will write the stories I want to write, and tell them in the way they want to be told. The world may never read them, may never like them, but I will. And that is enough to make me happy and content. Because at the end of the day it’s not number of Tweets, or Facebook followers, or how many blog casts you did that will sell a book. Stories with heart and soul and truth, and hope written into every line are what keep readers coming back again and again.


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Believing she was born in the wrong era, J’nell Ciesielski spends her days writing heart-stopping heroes, brave heroines, and adventurous exploits in times gone by. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages contest and Maggie Award, J’nell can often be found dreaming of a second home in Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Born a Florida girl, she now calls Virginia home, along with her very understanding husband, young daughter, and one lazy beagle.

You can find J’nell on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website www.jnellciesielski.com.

Review: Such a Hope, by Sandra Kraak

 

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Anna Warren grew up on the seat of a wagon, the daughter of Seattle’s busiest freighter. After her father’s death—a tragedy away from home—she returns to their cabin on the outskirts of Seattle, seeking the sense of belonging that eluded her childhood. But will her desire to pray for miraculous healing for the sick and wounded endear or alienate her to the community? Her most aggravating challenger is also her staunchest defender and has brown hair and eyes, stands six feet tall, and farms with unchecked tenacity. Tristan Porter. This farmer her father had befriended holds more secrets than Yesler’s Mill holds logs.
When ugly rumors arise about her spiritual gift and her property, Anna fears her quest to find belonging will be thwarted.
Tristan holds the truth to set her free, but revealing it will require him to face the disappointments of his past and surrender his plans for the future—a sacrifice he’s not sure he can make.


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I thoroughly enjoyed Sondra‘s portrayal of historic Seattle, and also the way she weaves Biblical values through the book. I was surprised by some of her ideas, in a good way. 🙂 The characters were likable and captivating. Continue reading “Review: Such a Hope, by Sandra Kraak”

Review: A Match of Sorts

As Christmas approaches, widowed Reverend Caleb Brennan needs a wife, or his vengeful father-in-law will take his young daughters. When his mail-order bride jilts him, Caleb grows desperate. During a storm, he finds an unconscious boy outside his home with signs of foul play. Despite his previous misfortune, obligation compels Caleb to lug the stranger inside. But as he provides first aid, he discovers more than he expected. Bounty hunter Grace Blackwell refuses to owe a debt to any man, especially one as charming as Reverend Brennan. To repay him for saving her life, Grace agrees to pose as his mail-order bride. If their ploy is discovered, Caleb could lose his daughters. But in their pretense, the reverend and the bounty hunter might just both lose their hearts.

Review

A Match of Sortsis a refreshing romance with a small-town feel. Caleb and Grace (who is portrayed with such authenticity it is easy to believe she is indeed a female bounty hunter) find their way to friendship and, eventually, love as each struggle to overcome past hurts and risk their hearts in future hopes. Mixed in with their story are Caleb’s lovely daughters, Libby and Abby. These precious little ladies add serenity and a special cuteness to the story. ❤️

If I had to comment on A match of sorts, regarding improvement, I’d say I wish it was a bit longer as I wasn’t ready to finish this quaint western tale. Lucette did a wonderful job with this one, even better than her last title, The Widow’s Captive (you can read the review of TWC here.) I recommend both books as enjoyable reads.

You can purchase A Match of SortsEdit on Amazon and Pelican Book Group.

About the author

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Lucette Nel is a coffee addicted work-in-progress daughter of the Lord Almighty. She’s a mommy to a rambunctious toddler and wife to her best friend and real-life hero. Along with three spoiled Pugs, they make their home in Gauteng, the smallest of nine provinces in South Africa.

During the day, she’s a bookkeeper. At night when the world sleeps, she delves into her passion, creating interesting characters in historical settings.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and her dream came true when she recently signed a contract with Pelican Book Group for her Christmas themed novella, The Widow’s Captive.

One of her favorite quotes about writing is by C.S. Lewis: You can make anything by writing.

Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

You can find Lucette on Facebook, Pelican Book Group,  Amazon, Quills & InkblotsGoodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What “Track Changes” Looks Like

Hey, y’all!

I’ve finally found a break in my schedule to blog again, now that Christmas is over and my next term doesn’t begin until the end of January. (Hurray! I actually get to work on my own writing!) Since I’ve opened my writing business I wanted to share something directed toward writers. Yes, I know this is The Reader’s Blog, but writers are just readers on steroids. Right? 😉

Ok, back on track. I received feedback from an editor on my wip (work in progress) recently. In the editor’s return e-mail, she explained to me that she uses track changes to edit. There was a thorough explanation of how to turn on the feature and use it. I skimmed through it, glad I didn’t need it, but it got me thinking. How familiar is the average writer with the editing features on this popular writing software?

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To shed a little more light on this subject, I’ll share my personal experience with non-tech editing. Several months back I joined a local critique group. The members would print out a chapter, share it, and then each member critiqued by hand. I, a child of the 90’s but certainly not of the technological age my children are growing up in, was shocked. Continue reading “What “Track Changes” Looks Like”

2018 Goals: Stepping Stones to a Resolution

Do the resolutions of last year belong to tomorrow?

With each New Years comes resolutions. We see this often in gyms, with people eager to work off the lbs they gained over Christmas and Thanksgiving. Many New Year’s revolutionists (is that a word?) are hopeful for a lifestyle change. Some focus on their outer appearance, others on inner health, and some gain emotional connections by developing new relationships. An article I found on Lifehack names 50 New Year’s resolutions, ranging from getting married to getting more quality sleep. Everyone has a new year’s resolution, right? But, what is different about this year? You set resolutions every year. Some are a success. Others…umm, not so much. Why is that?

Don’t panic. I have a resolution!

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According to the American Psychological Association, not being able to meet new year’s resolutions can lead to anxiety. As January comes around, it is wise to reflect on the past year and aspire positive change in the coming year by setting realistic goals. Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. says, “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for…Remember, it is not the Continue reading “2018 Goals: Stepping Stones to a Resolution”

Review: The Widow’s Captive

On the run with two small children and a third due within weeks, Adeline Spencer fears the approaching blizzard will seal their fate. An abandoned cabin is an answer to her prayers. She hopes it will shield them from both the storm and the enraged brother-in-law hot on her tail. But when a stranger knocks at the door, she is convinced they have been found by one of Ward’s lackeys. Blamed for the death of his friend, Sheriff Jonah Hale is determined to prove himself worthy of his badge, even if it means riding into a blizzard to check on a crazy miner. When Jonah reaches the cabin, he’s caught off guard by a pretty and very pregnant young woman wielding a skillet. Bound to a chair while the storm rages, and as Christmas settles in around them, he must find a way to earn Adeline’s trust…and perhaps her heart.

Review:

The Widow’s Captive is a wonderful, historic/western with undertones of family loyalty, love through hardship, and the blessing of new beginnings with an edgy Christmas theme. Characters are likable, the snowy environment Continue reading “Review: The Widow’s Captive”