Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WISH by Leanna Sain

I've just finished reading WISH by Leanna Sain.  It was delightful with hints of Nancy Drew and Dickens all rolled up into one.

I could definitely see this on the Hallmark Channel one day as one of their Christmas movies.

I've always been a fan of Christmas in July; my children and I would turn our home into Christmas for at least one week during their summer break.  This book didn't disappoint in that regard.

It starts off with a seventeen year old girl Maddie McGuire who has been grieving the loss of her parents only to find out both of their deaths may not have been an accident.

Things happen when days before Christmas she makes a wish.  What follows is a week-long wild ride filled with dangerous twists and turns.

In the end will she face the same fate as her parents?

Leanna Sain lives in the mountains of North Carolina.  When she's not writing, she keeps busy as a free-lance portrait artist, co-owner of a retail store, and organic gardener.

Hope you add it to your reading list.  ;)





Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Memories ~ A poem

4th of July Memories
Rising before the sun
To watch the home-town parade
Soda pop for everyone
Looking for the shade
 Firing up the grill
Churning the ice cream
Squirt gun fights
Cheering on your team
Neighbors joining in
To taste the bounty laid
Sampling all the dishes
And scrumptious desserts made
Excitement building within
As we watch the setting sun
Blankets laid on the ground
There's room for everyone
The sound of cannons
Now fill the night sky
Sprays of light rocket
Exploding so high
Fireworks from small ones
To the largest ever seen
An array of colors
Red, blue, gold and green
The smiles on the little ones
Is such a beautiful sight
But even older ones
Enjoy this special night
We remember our history
And those who paid dearly
Who fought for freedom
Because freedom isn't free
The skies are silent now
The only light comes from the Moon
Children are put to bed
This night is gone too soon

***

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wisteria Hill ~ a poem of Elven love


In my latest book The Hart Of Telendaria An Elven Love Story, my main characters are Aidan of the Sidhean Forest an Elf and Alterra of Telendaria (formerly Glen Haven) part-Elf, Pixie and Mortal.  Through many hardships they meet and marry.

Their love is so powerful that when they kiss, their green gemstones within their crowns begin to glow and every plant cannot help but to celebrate the joy of their love with them; not to mention the insects and animals of An Domhan.

On one such occasion, Aidan purposefully brings seeds of the Wisteria and plants them with Alterra in hopes to make an arbor and haven for their love; the rest is history-

WISTERIA HILL 
Let all who pass and see this sight
Know the High Elven King and Queen here spent this night
For Aidan did love Alterra upon this hill
With an everlasting love which grows for her still
For her royal beauty is beyond compare
And her heart of mercy is a quality rare
Theirs is a love which cannot be restrained
For their joy overflows and cannot be contained
The Wisteria rejoiced in both blossom and limb
For it could not help but celebrate with them
An ageless love they have pledged to themselves
When Aidan loved Alterra in the land of Elves
 ***

Friday, June 6, 2014

Leaf & String Festival Authors On Grayson Street 2014


It's that time of year again!  The Leaf & String Festival and the Authors on Grayson Street is June 13th and 14th in Galax Virginia.

Chapters Book Shop provides this opportunity for us to showcase our books.  This picture was from last years Festival.

The hours are Friday 12:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-5:00.

I will not only be signing Legend of the Mer and Legend of the Mer II The New Guardian, but I will also be signing my newest book The Hart of Telendaria An Elven Love Story.

If you're in the area I hope you stop by!  ;)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Finding Joy in the Journey: Dedicated to my Father

Finding Joy in the Journey: Dedicated to my Father: This is a picture of my backyard prayer garden, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I often go here to thank my Heavenly father and to p...

Friday, May 16, 2014

An encounter with a Hummingbird


The other night about twilight, I went out my back door to let my dog Talei in the house.

When I opened the door a large bright blue butterfly slowly drifted in the air towards me.

I'm not sure if it was my perfume or the cool air coming through the door, but the butterfly kept flying towards me at eye level.

It got so close, I thought it was going to land on my face, so I put up my hand between me and the butterfly.

It just hovered right in front of me only inches from me and I realized it wasn't a butterfly at all.

It was a hummingbird with a bright red breast and a beautiful bright blue head and wings.

He just seemed to need to connect with me for whatever reason.

I began to feel like my Elven character Queen Alterra.

I smiled brightly and then the hummingbird gracefully flew away.

How awesome, I thought.

I realized Talei had also been mesmerized and never even barked at the hummingbird.

I feel privileged to have had such an encounter.  ;)
 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

My Sweetheart ;)

This is my Sweetheart and best friend.  This May we are celebrating 26 years of marriage.

This picture was taken at last years Author's on Grayson Book Festival.

We've raised four daughters, adopted another into our family and now are blessed beyond belief with eleven precious grandchildren.

He's been my rock in the toughest of times and helped me to laugh through the worst of pain.

Thank you baby!  What a ride!  ;)