We drove just shy of two hours to see family for our Christmas celebration yesterday. We had a lot of fun visiting, laughing, eating, and opening gifts. We left just after seven last night. On the way home, a deer jumped out of the grass and ran across the road. There was nothing we could do to avoid it and we hit the buck with the driver's side, killing the poor thing instantly.
Unfortunately, it also caused a great deal of damage to our car. Thankfully, none of us was hurt, which was a huge blessing! And after speaking with the local sheriff's department, we were even able to drive the car the rest of the way home.
We take it in to get it evaluated on Tuesday and find out whether they can make repairs or not. There's a large dent in the driver's door and it looks like some kind of mechanical damage as well.
So while this is a big inconvenience, we're thankful the four of us made it through the accident unscathed. And I'm happy to report that this evening has been much less eventful. lol
I've crocheted a lot of things for our kids in the past, especially for Christmas. For our daughter, it's been everything from a stuffed horse with a matching hat, dress, and shoes to crochet cookies. So when she requested some supplies for one of her favorite stuffed animals, I couldn't wait to go yarn shopping.
Our daughter absolutely loves this stuffed dog. When you pet the dog's back, she will either bark or whine. I snuck the puppy out of her room while she was sleeping so I could take some pictures. The whole time I tried on her coat, she was barking. ha!
I ended up crocheting the puppy a coat, a matching bed and blanket, and some doggy bowls. I hope she likes them!
She also has a small crochet dress from the horse I made her three years ago. She's always wishing she had another dress that's a little bigger to use with other dolls or animals. So I made her one of those as well.
I can't wait for her to open the gift on Christmas!
I've compiled a list of new releases from my wonderful fellow authors. These books should be clean, but please do double check the descriptions as I haven't had the opportunity to read them all. So browse a little and find yourself a new book to read!
Forgotten: A Novel
By Don and Stephanie Prichard
Twilight Christmas: A Carolina Coast Novella
by Normandie Fischer
Hayley's Hangdog Holiday
by Tamie Dearen
Midlife Journey Series
by Dianne Harmon
by C. S. Johnson
Aora: The Maladorn Scroll
by Tami Dearen
by Sonia Parin
The Twelve Days of Catmas:
A Christmas Tale
with Percy the Cat
by Jeff Collyer
Barreling Through Christmas
by Shanna Hatfield
The Time Traveller's
Resort and Museum
by David McLain
To Gain a Mommy
by Tanya Eavenson
Long Lost Neighbors
by Frances Hoelsema
One of Forty
by Felicia Rogers
The Christmas Bride
by Terri Weldon
Silver Bells at Moonglow
by Deborah Garner
Ultimate Nyssa Glass:
The Complete Series
by H. L. Burke
Love Comes to Beaver Creek
by Jacqueline Kimball
The First Lady of
Three Rivers Ranch
by Liz Isaacson
A Crystal Falls Novella
by Crystal L. Barnes
The Thorn Healer
(Penned In Time Volume 3)
by Pepper Basham
Garden of Her Heart
by Shanna Hatfield
Mend: A YA
Time Travel Thriller
by Elana Johnson
A Family to Call Ours
by Merrillee Whren
Body on the Ballot
A Jake and Emma Mystery
by Linda Crowder
by Lea Doué
Puppy Dog Tales
by Liwen Ho
Wrapped in Red:
A Three Rivers Romance Novella
by Meghan M. Gorecki
Please join me in welcoming my friend, and USA Today Bestselling Author, Shanna Hatfield. She's sharing details about her latest release: A sweet World War II romance. I had the opportunity to read this book and it is absolutely beautiful. Rock and Miko's story will melt your heart and leave you with a romance you won't forget.
Can forbidden love blossom
amid the constraints of war?
The moment the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, life shifted for Miko Nishimura. Desperate to reach the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese-Americans, she’s kicked off the bus miles from town. Every tick of the clock pushes her closer to becoming a fugitive in the land of her birth. Exhausted, she stumbles to her grandparents’ abandoned farm only to find a dying soldier sprawled across the step. Unable to leave him, she forsakes all else to keep him alive.
After crashing his plane in the Battle of the Atlantic, the doctors condemn Captain Rock Laroux to die. Determined to meet his maker beneath a blue sky at his family home, he sneaks out of the hospital. Weary and half out of his mind, he makes it as far as a produce stand he remembers from his youth. Rather than surrender to death, Rock fights a battle of the heart as he falls in love with the beautiful Japanese woman who saves his life.
A poignant, sweet romance, Garden of Her Heart proves love can bloom in unlikely places even under the most challenging circumstances.
Don't miss out on this beautiful happy ever after. Get your copy today!
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Instead, her father stared at him and asked a single question. “Describe Miko in one word.”
“One word, sir?” Rock asked, confused.
“Yes. If you summed up everything about her in one word, what would it be?” Jack’s face remained impassive as he waited for Rock’s answer.
Taken aback by his request, Rock’s thoughts splintered in a hundred directions. Only a few seconds passed before the word that floated through the maelstrom in his head gained clarity. “Hummingbird.”
Baffled, both Shig and Jack stared in confusion.
“Explain, please,” Jack said.
Rock took a deep breath. “Before I was wounded, I was stationed in Trinidad, off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. The area is a big melting pot of combined cultures — Creole, East Indian, Chinese, African. A great diversity of flowers and shrubbery grow there, and it offers more than four hundred different species of birds. But do you know what they call the island?”
At the men’s interested looks, Rock continued. “Land of the Hummingbird. While I was there, I saw many of them. The islanders believe hummingbirds are symbols of all that is good and they carry joy wherever they go. Hummingbirds are fearless, determined, adaptable, and flexible. They possess the courage of a mighty lion and the magic of mythical fairies. Hummingbirds have boundless energy and endurance. Those little birds can make the most difficult journey seem like a simple matter, and they are loyal, devoted to the garden they claim as their own. They are fiercely independent, but those who accept that can long enjoy the beauty and wonder of those amazing little winged fellows.”
Jack’s mouth quirked upward and he bit back a smile. “So you’re saying Miko is like a demented bird who wants only to suck the sweetness out of life?”
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen, one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Find Shanna’s books at:
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shanna-Hatfield/e/B0056HPPM0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1391485546&sr=8-1
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I saw a video on Facebook last week and just had to give the craft a try. I've always loved snow globes. Combine one with a functioning holiday container? Yes, please!
This is the video I saw with instructions on how to make them: Smart School House.
I went to Hobby Lobby for the tallest jar in the photo. I had the others at home because I do a lot of canning. But you can find just about any size there. Then, I expected to have to look all over the store for the plastic ornament halves and was happy to find they were located on the same aisle. This time of the year, the fake snow was on the center aisle with the packaged Christmas crafts. The cute little figures are tiny ornaments and I cut the hanging loops off of them.
The little snow globe tops were super easy to make and a lot of fun! I put candy in the jars, which made them look even more festive.
We've been using them for three days and two out of the five came loose so we had to put new hotglue around the domes. This was after making sure we opened and closed them using the metal rings, not while holding the domes themselves.
So here's a couple of tips for you if you decide to make these yourself:
1. Because the domes did come loose on a couple of the jars, I've decided putting some hot glue under the bottom of the globes isn't enough. I'd go ahead and put another round along the bottom on the outside after it's been placed.
2. You'll have to cut the plastic hanging loops off the domes. You can see where they were, but just barely. Make sure you put that at the back of the snow scene.
Verdict: These are super cute and look great as part of the holiday decor. Plus, they're a pretty way to keep Christmas candy fresh. I'll update after a week or two and let you know if they hold up to regular use. Because trust me, with different kinds of M&Ms in there, they will be opened frequently every day. ;-)
Are you looking for a new book to read? Check out these new releases from authors involved with American Christian Fiction Writers. You're sure to find a new favorite!
More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
Bella Natale! by Marianne Evans -- An aspiring American artist and the widowed, Italian owner of a premier art gallery meet and fall in love in Florence when he champions her work, but there are her American family's expectations and his five-year-old son to consider. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])
With this Kiss by Marianne Evans -- A kiss stolen in a midnight snow. A jealous colleague at Jonathan's firm is bent on revenge...revenge that puts Isabella's store into legal peril. Will love be enough to see them through? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])
Mistletoe Daddy by Deb Kastner -- Bubbly Vivian Grainger bids on gruff Nick McKenna at Serendipity Texas's annual Bachelors and Baskets for one reason--to help her build her hair salon; but once Nick finds out she's pregnant, he does his best to build a path to Vivian's heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
A Hero for Heather by Marion Ueckermann -- When a "homeless" man she's been helping rescues social worker Heather Blume from a vicious attack, she's so grateful she violates one of the most important rules in her profession--she takes him home to tend his wounds. But the mysterious Paxton Rathbone is no homeless man…he's a gentleman. When feelings grow, and Paxton's past beckons, both he and Heather discover there's a fine line between gratitude and love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
A Husband for Holly by Marion Ueckermann -- Holly Blume loves decorating people's homes, but that doesn't mean she's ready to play house. Believing a house is not a home without a woman's touch, Reverend Christopher Stewart is in the market for a wife. What woman would consider him marriage material, though, with an aging widowed father to look after, especially one who suffers from Alzheimer's? Despite their differences, Holly resolves to finish her job of redesigning the Stewart home, while Christopher determines to re-form Holly's heart. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe -- Twelve years after she married another man, Rebecca Anshaw Simpson is back at Joe Gallagher's ranch as his physical therapist. But healing his body is nothing compared to guarding his heart from the woman he never forgot. Becca won't let regret and a surly rancher get in the way of her job and the chance to start over with her little girl. But Becca never expected she'd fall all over again for her first love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
Christmas Cookie Mystery by Naomi Miller -- With Christmas right around the corner, Katie Chupp and The Sweet Shop get involved in a mystery when a certain dear family finds an unexpected package at their door. (Cozy Mystery from S&G Publishing)
Michel: The Fourth Wise Man by Katheryn Maddox Haddad -- This descendant of Daniel, also a wise man, sacrifices everything - his wife, his father, his home - to do what he is convinced God needs him to do, then finds out he was wrong (Historical from Northern Lights Publishing House)
Five Nights with Pharaoh by Kristen Reed -- Shortly after entering Egypt with her husband, Sarai is taken into Pharaoh’s harem as his newest, most favored concubine. The breathtaking, ageless beauty is forced to cling to her faith in God as she prays for the strength to accept her new position and endures a series of mysterious plagues that can only be indicative of a wrathful deity’s divine judgment. Discover a remarkable reimagining of Sarai’s plight in Egypt, where she humbly set aside her own honor to protect the man through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed. (Historical - Independently Published)
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Leslie Seilstad, Erica Vetsch -- Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children--until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
A Pony Express Romance by Misty M. Beller -- Pony Express rider Josiah English and the station master's sister, Mara Reid, fall in love, but when the Express shuts down and Mara's family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara's life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)
Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig -- A former Green Beret is confronted by past mistakes as he and his team battle a centuries-old plague and the terrorists bent on rewriting history. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])
Hazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson -- Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment--and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin's struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he'll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi's certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses its target, they begin to question whether it's really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they've been attacked…and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
Christmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman -- When Commander Jake Marsh loses control of a hostage situation and Tessa Long is injured, guilt eats at him. He blurs the line between the professional and personal, and visits Tessa at the hospital. But when a man tries to kill her in her hospital room, Jake disregards all of the rules and regulations that have allowed him to control his world and vows to keep her safe no matter what. Trouble is, the situation brings back memories from his childhood of the loss of his entire family, and for the first time in twenty years, he fears he's no longer in charge of his life, and knows when he's out of control bad things happen. Very bad things. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])