Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Review--Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz

This book gives a new and interesting perspective about addiction. It really gave me a lot to think about. In some ways, it was hard to wrap my brain around. Ms. Szalavitz calls addiction a "learning disorder" rather than a brain disease, which it has been known as in recent years. I liked how she wove bits and pieces of her story and personal experiences into the mix. I probably would have had a hard time reading it otherwise because this lady is highly intelligent. No offense to highly intelligent people intended. :) I just need a little action, especially in sciency stuff.

Here are a couple of excerpts that I thought summed up the book well:

"Indeed, we get addicted only in certain contexts, which makes all the difference in terms of whether any given human will eat normal amounts of sugar, binge on it, take cocaine occasionally, or become a full-on crack addict. By itself, nothing is addictive; drugs can only be addictive in the context of set, setting, dose, dosing pattern, and numerous other personal, biological, and cultural variables. Addiction isn't just taking drugs. It is a pattern of learned behavior. It only develops when vulnerable people interact with potentially addictive experiences at the wrong time, in the wrong places, and in the wrong pattern for them. It is a learning disorder because this combination of factors intersects to produce harmful and destructive behavior that is difficult to stop."

"Addiction is an attempt to manage distress that becomes a learned and nearly automatic program."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Goals

With the end of the school year at the door, I am planning to sit down with my kids and have them set goals for the summer to keep them learning and growing. These will include fitness goals, music and art goals, math goals, and finally, WRITING and READING goals.

I've been thinking about what I want my own goals to be. I have to admit that I'm not really considering a math goal, unless I count staying in the budget, but summer really is a great time for those that are home to work on developing interests and talents.

My summer writing goal is to work at least two times a week on my current work in progress, and once a week on editing Escaping Neverland so it will be ready to publish by late August. (I'm so excited for this!)

As far as reading goes, I'm already working on a few things, including some mental health books to keep my mind sharp and learning about my field of study while I take a break from school, and a couple of books recommended before my husband and I go on a pioneer trek with the youth from our church. After those, I think I need some good fiction to wash it all down with. Any recommendations?

What are you doing this summer?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Book Review--Family Tree Series by Ann M. Martin

I love it when a book will capture the heart of not only myself, but my children. I read this series with my youngest daughter, but my eleven year old loved them as well. Such a tender story about five generations of women in a family that knew heartache intimately. These books can bring tears at times, but mostly it was like reviewing the journals of ancestors and connecting with family long lost. I've been working on some family history discoveries of my own and I would love to find what Georgia finds in the last book. I won't give it away, but what a treasure to know how valuable family is and to be connected to the most important people in our lives. I recommend this book for mothers and daughters and anyone who loves a great, heart-felt story. Because of some of the hard things that happen, I would recommend them for ages eight and up.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sneak Peek

Last week I spent some time on createspace playing around with cover options. I'm thinking the last one is the keeper.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Kids and Their Forts

And somehow, after all these years, they still get pretty put-out when I ask them to clean it up. :)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fundraiser and Guest Post by Lisa Rector

I’m so excited to announce the upcoming release of my novel Master of Time (Chronicles of the Half-Emrys #3). 

The BIG NEWS is I am donating all of March's pre-order profits and the entire month of April’s royalties to Help Jill Overcome SMA! This includes all my novels on Amazon, Createspace, and Kindle. Book 3 officially releases on March 31st!

For online shoppers: Books one and two are currently available on Amazon. Order during April so the royalties go to the fundraiser. Book 3 is available for pre-order. Order now to get yours on March 31st and support Jill!

You might not be sold on paranormal romantic fantasy. But surely a young lady in your life is. This is a new adult paranormal romantic fantasy. New adult means the main characters are ages 18–25. In my case, the immortals in my novel act these ages.

Book 1 is Reader Rated (RR) 14+ for clean language, mild fantasy violence, on-page tender moments.
Book 2 is RR-15+ for clean language, mild fantasy violence and torture, off page sexual intimacy, but on-page tender moments.
Book 3 is RR-16+ for mild fantasy swearing, mild fantasy violence and torture, off page sexual intimacy, but on-page tender moments.

Enough about my novels. I am busting at the seams over this opportunity to make a difference in a lovely little girl’s life. 

Let’s meet Jill!

A few years ago, Jillian MacKay was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type III. SMA is a genetic condition that slowly causes her muscles to fail. Her parents were shocked—at 18 months her only symptom was that she walked around their Victorian farmhouse bowlegged, but the doctors soon found the root cause was SMA. SMA is degenerative, which means that over time Jill will gradually rely on her wheelchair and lose the ability to walk altogether.

Jill craves independence. She wants to be able to take her wheelchair to her doctors’ appointments, to shop, and to visit with friends and family. She wants to shower on her own. To do this she needs the right equipment, such as an accessible shower and bathroom, and a van capable of transporting her heavy wheelchair.

Her mom stays home with Jill, takes her to doctors’, physical, and occupational therapy appointments, and also looks after Jill’s little sister. Jill used to love ballet and gymnastics but is having trouble participating. Luckily she also loves reading, coloring, and painting at home, as well as cheering on her little sister’s accomplishments.

Jill is a brilliant girl. She’s smart and motivated. All she wants are very basic things that we all take for granted—the ability to shower on her own, get around her school, hang out with friends on the playground, and be dropped off and picked up by her mom in the van.

The family needs funds to purchase a gently used wheelchair-accessible van.

The house also needs updates to accommodate Jill’s wheelchair. The family was able to move into a one level house that is much more wheelchair friendly, but it still needs upgrades to the bathrooms and other places. Please help make this childhood one of fun, friendship, and joy—as childhood should be!

Now to the novels!

Master of Lies

Lost to the lies. Consumed by revenge.

Unaware of her immortal heritage, Ahnalyn learns she’s a child of two worlds—a half-Emrys with the ability to wield the light and the dark power. As Ahnalyn is thrown on a journey beyond her control, she must sift through the lies to uncover her true self and true potential, before the darkness consumes her.
Master of Lies is the first book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a paranormal romantic fantasy.

The Two Masters
Choose the light or choose the darkness, but you cannot have both.

Einion is fearful of the dark power inside that could lead to his corruption. Rhianu, a ruthless Dark Emrys, stumbles into his life, challenging everything that was once always so black and white. As despairs over Einion’s heart increase his uncertainty, he is thrust on a path where he must face his worst fears to save who he truly loves. Meanwhile Rhianu is torn between power and love, between the past and the future. Knowing betrayal, she must follow her master’s plan—no matter what her heart tells her.

The Two Masters is the second book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a paranormal romantic fantasy.

Master of Time
Time is only one enemy.

A malicious shadow trails Catrin and Meuric after they find themselves thrown back in time. Only Meuric knows the enormity of this evil that wants to claim Catrin. Meuric’s light could save her, but using it will diminish his dark power, hindering his ability to pass through the ether to their own time. Discovering the way home has just become the least of his problems . . . if there’s a way home at all.

Master of Time is the third book in the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys, a paranormal romantic fantasy.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Give Me All Your Money!

 Or, just give me a shovel and I'll take care of that snow.

No banks were robbed in the making of this blog post.

Friday, February 26, 2016


Just a friendly reminder that Spring always follows Winter. Last year my neighbor told me that if you cut forsythia branches in the winter and take them inside, putting them in a vase of water, they will bloom in a couple of weeks. "It gives you hope," she said. I can't wait to see the flowers again!!