Monday, December 1, 2014

The Best Christmas Songs

My six-year-old loves to ask people what their favorite Christmas songs are. Here's his current pick:



Because who doesn't love the Minions?

Here's mine: (It always makes me cry.)



Here's my husband's favorite:



What's your favorite Christmas song?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Girls' Guide to Getting More Done

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

8 Great Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

My six-year-old and I stepped in a store last night, and his eyes lit up when he saw they had already decorated with Christmas trees. I can't believe it's that time again, but if you want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, now is the time.

Here are some ideas for that reader / book lover / writer in your life:

1. Jewelry



http://www.modcloth.com/shop/necklaces/taken-with-tomes-necklace
Literature is my boyfriend Necklace
Typewriter Necklace

http://www.modcloth.com/shop/necklaces/alice-in-necklace
Alice in Wonderland Necklace

2. Clothing

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166091751/sweatshirt-book-nerd-avid-reader-mens?ref=sr_gallery_32&ga_search_query=reader&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
Book Nerd Sweatshirt


Pride and Prejudice Infinity Scarf


Pride and Prejudice T-Shirt



I Like to Party T-Shirt
3. Home Decor
https://www.etsy.com/listing/207003787/book-page-rolled-rose-wreath-door-decor?ref=sc_3&plkey=232534eef726e432837aeab9a0076124ee774d60%3A207003787&ga_search_query=wreath+book+pages&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
Book Page Wreath

Falling Books Bookend



https://www.etsy.com/listing/205569292/alice-in-wonderland-decor-art-print-on?ref=shop_home_active_9
Alice in Wonderland Print


4. Coffee Mugs


https://www.etsy.com/listing/208042312/coffee-mug-please-go-away-im?ref=sr_gallery_21&ga_search_query=books+coffee+mug&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
Please Go Away Mug

Happiness Is...Mug

5. E-Reader

Kindle Paperwhite




http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-glowlight-barnes-noble/1114959612?ean=9781400699896&isbn=9781400699896
Nook GlowLight

6. E-Reader Cover

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/nook-glowlight-barnes-noble/1114959612?ean=9781400699896&isbn=9781400699896
Harry Potter E-Reader Cover

Sleeve Case

7. Fun Stuff

http://www.modcloth.com/shop/stationery/long-overdue-notecard-set
Long Overdue Notecard Set

https://www.etsy.com/listing/191290476/fell-asleep-here-spoon-bookmark-perfect?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=reader&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
Fell Asleep Here Bookmark

8. Books of Course!


Amazon Gift Card



What Would Jane Do?


Canyon Weddings

Friday, October 3, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Friend and Critique Partner, Susan Anne Mason


I'm so proud and excited to host my critique partner and friend, Susan Anne Mason, on my blog today. Susan and I have been critique partners for four years. It has been wonderful to be part of her writing journey. 

We're celebrating because she has a new release titled, Betrayed Hearts!

Susan has shared a blurb and a fun interview with one of her characters with us. Enjoy!

Betrayed Hearts by Susan Anne Mason CoverLily Draper comes to Rainbow Falls in search of her biological sister, the only blood relative she has left. Emotionally scarred by her preacher father, Lily avoids religion at all cost. Her new landlord, an aspiring minister, soon has her questioning her views. Can she learn to trust Nick's heart or will her sordid past destroy their love?
Nick Logan hopes to take over for the retiring minister who has groomed Nick for the job. But Reverend Ted seems to feel the position requires Nick to marry an upstanding woman, namely Ted’s niece. When Nick finds himself falling in love with Lily Draper, the woman least likely to become a minister's wife, his problems escalate. And when Reverend Ted gives him an ultimatum, Nick faces an impossible choice.
Can he accept God’s will and still find a place for Lily in his life?

Character Interview:
1. Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
My name is Lily Draper. My adoptive mother died when I was 10, leaving me with my bitter father who never really wanted me. I left home at 18 and have been scraping my way through life ever since. But recently I found out that I have a biological sister and I’m heading to Rainbow Falls, North Dakota to find her.

2. Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?
I grew up in a small town called Fielding, North Dakota. When I left my father’s house at age 18, I moved to Bismarck—to the anonymous city where no one knew me, and I’ve been there for several years. But now, for some reason, Rainbow Falls feels like home.

3. What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?
I wear a locket that my mother gave me with a picture of my biological mother inside. Whenever I’m stressed or afraid, I touch it to give me courage.

4. Name two things would you hate people to know about you?
My shady past with men. And that I’d do anything for someone to really love me for me, not just for my looks.

5. Tell us about your special guy. What makes him special?
Nick Logan is my landlord and a handyman, and is studying to be a pastor. He is kind, honest and trustworthy, traits I have never found in any of the men in my life. I have to wonder if he’s too good to be true. Certainly too good for the likes of me.

6. The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?
Of course, I was attracted to him right away — he’s very handsome. But when I learned he wanted to be a pastor, I knew I had to forget about him. After life with my hypocritical preacher father, the last person I want to be involved with is a religious fanatic. The kind that says one thing and does another. Besides, I’d never make a good partner for a pastor.

7. What would he hate people to know about him?
Nick would hate for people to know that he’s too nice for his own good. And he’s a bit of a pushover for his young cousin, Chloe, who is like a little sister to him.


Bio
Susan has recently been blessed with contracts from White Rose Publishing, Love Inspired and Bethany House. Betrayed Hearts is Susan’s debut contemporary romance, which releases on August 8, 2014. Book 2 - Wayward Hearts releases in December 2014.
Susan lives in a suburb near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she works part-time as a church secretary. She is a wife and the mother of two amazing kids, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In addition to writing, she likes to scrapbook and to research her family history on-line. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her website http://www.susanannemason.com.

Links to buy my book:

http://tinyurl.com/kqk6wdt  - For Softcover




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Life as an Introvert



Hey guys,

I'm over at Heart-Shaped Glasses posting about the joys of being an introvert. Jump over there and join the conversation.





Monday, July 21, 2014

Free books!

Hi friends,

I've got good news. We were cleaning out the garage a few days ago (that's not the good news), and I discovered I still have a box of review copies of Canyon Walls, Canyon Crossing, and Canyon Cafe.  I'd love to mail you a free copy. All I ask is that you read the book in the next month, and if you enjoy it, you leave a review on Amazon.com and/or BarnesandNoble.com. Easy Peasy!


For your copy, email me at juliejarnagin (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and address. If you have a preference for which book I send you, let me know. I have a limited number of each book, so first come first served.

Thanks!

* I can only ship to the continental U.S.