Last week I spent three glorious days in Wisconsin Amish country. I got to meet Kathy Kuderer, proprietor of Down-a-Country-Road Gift Shops in Cashton, Ken Natzke, who gives Amish tours in Bonduel, and Richard Dawley, who writes books about the Amish and has had a big influence on my novels. I also met some very kind and generous Amish folks who opened up their homes and lives to me and let me take a peek. What a marvelous experience! What made it even better is that my mom, Anne, and my sister Alesha got to share it with me.
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Today, I’d like to welcome Marisa Cleveland, a fellow agency mate, as my guest blogger. Marissa has a new book out and has a delightful outlook on life! We are kindred spirits as neither of us likes to travel much. Yeah for the homebodies! For information on buying her book, keep reading. Be advised, it may be a bit steamy for my readers.
Thanks, Jennifer! I’m so happy to be on your blog today, and I’m excited to share my top five faves of attending writing conferences.
As writers, we are a solitary bunch. If we use the traditional formula of…Read More Post a comment (2)
(Warning: this post contains potty humor.)
I love being a mom, but I have to admit that motherhood involves many unpleasantries (which according to my spell check, is not a word). Cleaning throw-up off the carpet, the car seat, my hair, and the mattress sits pretty high at the top of my list of grossness as does diaper changing, toilet cleaning, and booger wiping.
My list could go on, as I’m sure yours could too.
However, my two least favorite things about being a mom are potty training and driver’s training. It has been a continual debate with myself as to which one…Read More Post a comment (6)
On Sunday, my second grandchild was born. Yes, he is adorable. So writing this week is pretty much impossible as I am watching the first grandchild while his mommy sleeps. This morning my 20-month-old grandson was playing at our house, slipped on the tile, and got a very large goose egg on his forehead. So I am feeling like a very bad grandma. Since I am busy being a grandma, I will just tell you a story today.
My husband and I have heard so many horror stories about pornography on the Internet that we are understandably paranoid about it. We’ve…Read More Post a comment (3)
There’s nothing like a small town Fourth of July celebration. Our city, tucked in the foothills of northern Utah, throws a great party every year complete with a parade, salt-water taffy, a concert, popsicles, and fireworks. The parade doesn’t feature many fancy floats or an abundance of beauty queens, but there is something wonderful about a hometown celebration where little league sports teams decorate a truck with crepe paper and ride through town piled in the back, throwing candy to the spectators.
I always, ALWAYS, get teary when the National Guard or Air Force Reservists march majestically down the street carrying…
Today I am suffering from a significant case of jet lag. But don’t feel sorry for me, because I just got back from a lovely trip to London. Those of you who know me well know that I am not a great traveler, probably because I like to be in my comfort zone and in my own bed with my own bathroom with a flushable toilet. (This is also why I am not a camper.) So I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy my trip to London, but I am happy to report that I had a wonderful time. Here…Read More Post a comment (0)
Today I have a wonderful guest blogger I’d like to introduce you to. I love her book covers! See them below.
Darlene Panzera writes sweet, fun-loving romance and is a multi-published author whose career launched when her novella, THE BET, was hand-picked by NY Times best-selling author, Debbie Macomber to be published with Debbie’s own, FAMILY AFFAIR. Darlene says, “I love writing stories that help inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their dreams.” Visit her on Facebook or www.darlenepanzera.com
How did you get started in writing?
I have always loved to write. When I was little I would write on the…
We had a rule when my kids were growing up. If they wanted to watch a movie at a friend’s house, they had to call us first and get our approval. I remember arguing with my daughter over the phone about if she could watch When a Stranger Calls. She was at a sleepover, and the whole party waited on her to watch the movie. I knew without a doubt that movie would cause my daughter many sleepless nights and make her worthless as a babysitter for months. I stood firm and told her she could not watch it. She…Read More Post a comment (2)
Some marvelous women I know stay away from church on Mother’s Day because they feel guilty about all the praise heaped on mothers. They feel like they don’t measure up to all those perfect mothers out there.
I can relate. I often feel bad that I’m not the perfect mother.
I’m the mom with the shrill, piercing voice at tennis matches whose son finally asked her to quit cheering. I embarrass my children? Oh. My. Heck.
I am the mom whose toilets sometimes have strange mold growing in them and whose storage room hasn’t been dejunked since the Bush administration—that’s Bush #1.
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I’ve been nominated by fellow blogger, Stanalei Fletcher, for the Sunshine Award! This is a festive award that bloggers give to other bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” I’m thrilled to be included and nominated. Thank you, Stanalei.
Stanalei is in my romance writers group, and she is the go-to gal for chapter rules, website problems, and procedural conundrums. Stanalei is a mentor to many aspiring writers, including me. She was one of the first people who willingly and cheerfully read my manuscript when I was a newbie hoping to get noticed by agents. You will never…Read More Post a comment (4)