Monday, June 01, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
My friend, author Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiographies. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children's book, and a cozy mystery series. She is excited to present her latest offering:
Most mysteries are a "who-done-it," but this cozy mystery series specializes on missing persons. Amelia Moore, founder of the Moore Detective Agency, and Rick Bonito always solve their case. Her lost Love is the fifth mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series, a nice blend of mystery, romance, and humor.
Other books in the Amelia Moore Detective Series are The Bali Mystery, The Shamrock Case, The Missing Heir, and the Mysterious Doll. For more information or to read sample chapters, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
This is my favorite go to meal when I have no time to make a meal. Just throw it in the crockpot and leave!
HOT AND SWEET SALSA CHICKEN
3 lbs. Chicken thighs, bonless, skinless
2 cups salsa, medium
1/2 C brown sugar
Place chicken in crockpot. Mix sugar and salsa and pour over chicken. Cook on low 4 hours. Serve over rice. Delicious!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Monday, May 04, 2015
Last week I went to BYU Women's Conference! Can you see me in the picture? Just kidding. I am in that picture somewhere, though! I had a great time signing books and also going to the classes. My favorite class was called, "Honestly Acknowledge Your Questions, but first Fan the Flame of Your Faith." The rebroadcast dates are here if you want to watch it. I hear John Bytheway was awesome too! Also, if you have time, check out my book review on Kim Thacker's book review blog, here. Hope you have an awesome day!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Today is the day that author Trina Boice's blog tour stops here! I read her recent novel, "Base Hits and Home Run Relationships," and I loved it! She has a wonderful witty style, and her tips are a must read for any man at any age. From dating to marriage, this is like a manual about how to treat your woman! It's written for men, but I think it would be such a fabulous read for a couple together! What a wonderful way to start good relationship-building conversation! Thanks Trina for another fabulous book!
You can find it here.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
You are not alone. We all make parenting mistakes. Often. Don't beat yourself up. Just learn from it. Try to do better next time. Forgive yourself. You will find your children are very forgiving. I can't count how many mistakes I have made, but when I apologize, all is forgiven, and we even laugh about it together. Often the conversations that happen after the apology are very precious and build your relationship even stronger. If you keep making the same mistake over and over, just keep trying. Do not give up. You will get stronger over time and as you get more sleep. I remember I would sometimes get grumpy at my kids when they kept getting out of bed at night. A short fuse from little sleep. But all that has gone away. I got better over time....and you will too. Forgive yourself. You will get stronger and your parenting skills will grow with time and experience. I know this from my own experience. Today I found myself not getting angry when my child made unreasonable demands in a rude voice. I calmly told her the right way to ask me, and she immediately fixed the problem with no drama. I thought...boy I've come a long way, to be able to do that. And you will to.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Friday, March 06, 2015
I was reading a book recently and realized I was really bored with it. This sparked me into trying to figure out why I get bored with particular books, and I came to the realization that it all comes down to the plot not having a big enough crisis. The main plot problem in your writing needs to be a life or death situation, or it won't be compelling enough to keep reader's attention. The crisis can't be that your aunt will lose all her inheritance if you don't find a certain locket. It also can't be that your girlfriend kidnapped your dog and you have to get him back. These things won't be compelling unless there is some worry that someone will die because of the problem. I don't know why this is. I just know that whenever I'm bored with a book, it's because the crisis isn't life or death. So next time you're working on the plot of your next big novel....keep that in mind. Give your characters some life or death problems to overcome. Your readers will thank you!
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 09, 2015
It's important to laugh with your kids. It teaches them how to have a healthy perspective, to not take themselves too seriously, and to have fun. It's also really great bonding time and is a great way to break up tense moments, and it can help a child lower their guard, so that he feels safe confiding in you. Here are 6 ways we like to laugh together.
1. Tell your "Best, Worst, and Wierdest" moments of the day during dinner
2. Watch hilarious Youtube videos together.
3. Watch funny clean humor shows like Studio C.
4. Read comics like Calvin and Hobbes together.
5. Email each other funny internet pictures like the one above.
6. On Sunday nights, we like to read aloud from funny authors like Dave Barry or Patrick McMannus.
What are your favorite ways to share humor with your family?
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Publishers don't just want you to be able to write the book. They want you to be able to sell the book. So when you write your book proposal to publishers and agents, they will want to know your marketing skills and willingness to get out there and sell. Unfortunately, most authors are introverts, so this presents a problem. Luckily, a lot of marketing today is online through social media and blogs (i.e. blog tours), and that is one solution for authors who have trouble speaking in front of large groups.
Here is a great article about 3 Questions you should answer when writing a book proposal, which should help. And don't worry if you're not saavy about marketing yet. There are lots of articles online about how to market your book. It's pretty easy once you get started. One last word of advice...join an author group. They will help you with the ins and outs of book marketing and also be willing to promote you on their blogs, once your book is published. It's a great first step, and one you can tell your publishers about when you propose your book to them. Good luck!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Need fun ideas for teaching and playing with your kids? (Or for giving them the gift of "Time" with mom or dad?) I've pinned almost a thousand pins on fun activities to do with your children. Follow my "Kids" pinterest board here.