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.
I am…Read More Post a comment (10)
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)
Something magical happens when you become a grandma. At first, I wasn’t sure about the whole grandma title. I mean, grandmas are old. I’m not even 50 yet. I was afraid being a grandma would add twenty years to my age. But then I held that perfect little baby in my arms and discovered that I could love someone as much as I loved my own children without having to go through diapers and sleepless nights.
My mother’s mother passed away before I was born. My father’s mother passed away before I was old enough to talk. Since my mother was…Read More Post a comment (7)
In last week’s blog, I wondered if my boys have any fashion sense. I still don’t know the answer to that question, but one thing I love about my boys is that they are very comfortable with who they are.
My daughters also, for the most part, are comfortable with themselves and their bodies. I am grateful for that because I am troubled by the messages the media sends to our young people these days, specifically our teenage girls.
Victoria’s Secret is now marketing a “college line” of provocative underwear to high-school age and younger girls, many of whom are just entering…
I hate to break the news this way—on my blog where all their friends can read it—but I am starting to suspect that my teenage sons don’t have any fashion sense.
When my son T was younger, I had him tested to see if he was color blind because he put the most outrageous colors together to wear to school. He never grew out of this. The other day, he wore an oversized purple shirt with a pair of orange basketball shorts. He looked…colorful.
Last week, Z wore bright green socks with his maroon and gold tennis outfit during a tennis match….Read More Post a comment (4)
In last week’s blog, I concluded that hairless legs would be a really great super power, but what prompted the blog post in the first place was a thought I had about King Solomon. If you remember, the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked Solomon what he wanted from the Lord. Solomon requested an understanding heart to judge his people.
If you could ask Heavenly Father for one personality trait or one particular talent, what would it be? This is a hypothetical “if,” because we can ask God for anything. What do you ask him for and what…Read More Post a comment (0)
My son-in-law is really into comic books and super heroes. He is a fine upstanding high school teacher who thinks Superman is cool. I asked him if he could have any super power, what it would be. His super power of choice is the same as Wolverine’s: the power of regeneration.
I must admit, this is a very appealing super power. If I had this super power, I would never have to worry about ingrown toenails or gum disease. But, I would probably be expected to fight bad guys, because no matter how many times I got shot, I would get…Read More Post a comment (16)
It’s quite bittersweet when one of my kids gets a driver’s license. On one hand, they can drive themselves places, and I don’t have to interrupt dinner preparation to drive them to choir rehearsal.
On the other hand, they can drive themselves places and I miss out on some of the best bonding time in the world.
When my kids are in the car with me, they are my captive audience. I turn off the radio and start asking questions. Today it was “How was soccer practice?” and boy, did I get an earful. When you pick your kids up from somewhere,…Read More Post a comment (0)