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Captain Cavedweller and I decided to make a lifestyle change that we hope will help us:

  1. Feel better
  2. Look better
  3. Be healthy!

This change involves a whole new way of eating and approaching food.

I have to tell you, it’s kind of scary. As a chocoholic and one who would rather eat bread, pasta, cheese, and ice cream, the thought of giving those things up – at least for a while – is somewhat daunting.

But we are five days into it and things are still a little scary, but going along okay.

I liked this quote because it reminded me of one of the reasons we are doing this change.

Regret. If we don’t make some changes, we’re both going to regret it.

Do you ever think about doing something different, making a change, and then ignore that little voice telling you to follow through?

Well, for us, the little voice could no longer be ignored and it was time to bravely face this new change.

If you have anything you’ve been contemplating changing, I’m cheering you on if you dive right into it! Be brave! You’ve got this!

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Hooray! Today Easter Bride releases and it’s already receiving some lovely 5-star reviews!

If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, get it today on Amazon!

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Will meddling matchmakers make a perfect match?

 Piper Peterson loves the small community of Holiday, Oregon. She resides there at a beautiful, old farm where she’s surrounded by animals she’s rescued. And she manages the feed store that’s been in her family for more than a hundred years. Despite her contentment with life, her grandfather’s plans to sell the store and farm leave her future up in the air. When a sly matchmaker works to set Grandpa up with the perfect woman, Piper jumps at the chance to lend a hand. But the last thing she expects is to fall in love while helping her grandpa find happiness.

Stuck at a crossroads in his life, Colton Ford can’t decide which direction to head. Then an invitation to stay at his brother’s ranch in Holiday provides an opportunity Colt can’t pass up. He hopes time spent at the Flying B Ranch will help him clear his head and sort out his life. Before long, he finds himself entangled in a matchmaking plot involving his widowed aunt and a charismatic old gent. When he agrees to give the budding romance a nudge, he has no idea the man’s delightful granddaughter will capture his heart.

A heartwarming story filled with country charm, laughter, and hope, Easter Bride is sure to bring readers the joys of budding spring and sweet romance.

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Excerpt:

Colt lifted his head, just enough to look into her eyes and smile. “You are beautiful,” he whispered.

“You’re not so bad yourself,” she said in a breathy voice she hardly recognized as her own.

His mouth claimed hers in a hungry kiss. It wasn’t gentle like the kiss they shared earlier, but one that hinted at passion and promises. Lips parted, Colt requested something from her, something she willingly, eagerly gave as she made her own demands with an urgency that left her dizzy.

Piper stood on tiptoe and pressed closer to him, consumed by their ardent exchange. Nothing else in the world existed except Colt. Except how much she wanted their kisses to continue for the rest of forever.

Unfortunately, Doogie leaped up the steps and plowed right into them, knocking them off their feet.

Colt hit the porch with a thud as he fell down and Piper landed on top of him. Doogie took advantage of their prone positions, attempting to lap their faces with his enormous, slobbery tongue.

“Doogie! Down boy! Get down!” Piper was so disappointed that whatever had been happening between her and Colt had come to such an abrupt end she wanted to scream in frustration. But under no circumstances would she vent her annoyance on the dog. He was just excited to see his human had returned home.

“Doog. What a surprise to see you,” Colt said sarcastically, slowly sitting up after Piper rolled off him and hopped up.

The dog woofed and plopped his backside in the middle of Colt’s lap.

 

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The annual Petticoat Ball is coming soon! I hope you’ll join me April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain, Noon to 4 p.m. Central, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern).

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Join in four hours of fun, games, giveaways and more! Even if you can’t attend the ball live, check in later to get in on the freebies and enter to win great goodies!

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Those who attend will have the opportunity to interact with a dozen amazing authors!

The guest list includes:

10 a.m. Julie Lence

10:20 a.m. Melanie D. Snitker

10:40 a.m. Kristy McCaffrey

11 a.m. Kit Morgan

11:20 a.m. Caroline Lee

11:40 a.m. Danni Roan

Noon – Josie Riviera

12:20 p.m. Cindy Caldwell

12:40 p.m. Heidi Vanlandingham

1 p.m.  Kay P. Dawson

1:20 p.m.  – Kristin Holt

1:40 p.m. Zina Abbott

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I’ve been thinking about bravery and trust the last few days.  This quote from Mary E. Demuth seemed quite fitting.

It takes bravery to let go of our worries, doubts and fears and simply trust.

Instead of letting anxiety drag my thoughts into a bunch of  “what if” scenarios for tomorrow, next week, next month, I’m going to try to just focus on today.

On being brave — today.

Step out in trust and walk bravely through the day!

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Easter Bride (Holiday Brides Book 3) will release next week!

If you’ve enjoyed meeting Ruth, Matilda, and the gang at Golden Skies Retirement Village, the scheming matchmakers are at it again!  Pre-order your copy today!

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Will meddling matchmakers make a perfect match?

 Piper Peterson loves the small community of Holiday, Oregon. She resides there at a beautiful, old farm where she’s surrounded by animals she’s rescued. And she manages the feed store that’s been in her family for more than a hundred years. Despite her contentment with life, her grandfather’s plans to sell the store and farm leave her future up in the air. When a sly matchmaker works to set Grandpa up with the perfect woman, Piper jumps at the chance to lend a hand. But the last thing she expects is to fall in love while helping her grandpa find happiness.

Stuck at a crossroads in his life, Colton Ford can’t decide which direction to head. Then an invitation to stay at his brother’s ranch in Holiday provides an opportunity Colt can’t pass up. He hopes time spent at the Flying B Ranch will help him clear his head and sort out his life. Before long, he finds himself entangled in a matchmaking plot involving his widowed aunt and a charismatic old gent. When he agrees to give the budding romance a nudge, he has no idea the man’s delightful granddaughter will capture his heart.

A heartwarming story filled with country charm, laughter, and hope, Easter Bride is sure to bring readers the joys of budding spring and sweet romance.

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Excerpt:

“Look what we found, auntie,” Colt said, feigning innocence as he settled an arm around his aunt’s shoulders. “You recognize this handsome devil?”

Ruth took the framed photograph in her hands and blushed. The image of Rand Milton showed a young man, shirtless and quite buff, standing in a pair of torn Levi’s and boots. A straw cowboy hat was tipped back on his head as he leaned on the fender of an old car. She traced her finger across the face of the handsome cowboy.

“Rand used to have all the girls in quite a dither,” Ruth said, handing the photograph to Piper.

“If I’m not mistaken, he still has a few of you gals running in circles,” Colt said with a teasing smile.

Ruth smacked him with the pair of pink gloves and he chuckled.

“Why are you assaulting that boy, Ruthie?” Matilda asked as she approached them from the clothing section with two vibrant-hued sweaters tossed over her arm.

“Because he’s being far too sassy for his own good,” Ruth said. She reached up and pinched Colt’s cheek, giving him a warning scowl.

Matilda looped one arm around Colt’s and smiled at him. “Too sassy for his good or yours?” The woman gasped when she saw the photograph. She held out her hand to Piper and took the frame, studying the image. “That Rand was sure a looker back in the day. Guess that hasn’t really changed. He’s still got it and if Ruthie would just loosen up a bit, it could be all hers.”

The blush on Ruth’s cheeks went from pink to nearly crimson. For a moment she looked like she was about to swat Matilda with the gloves she still held.

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I spent the last week staying with my parents at their home. My mother has had a health issue for a while that is quickly gaining steam. The road ahead is one paved with uncertainty, challenges, stumbling blocks, and some just plain old hard days.

In the time I was there with them, it was amazing and inspiring to watch how my dad (who is nearing 90) gave such tender care and encouragement to my mom.

And I couldn’t help but think about how brave he is – they both are – to face what is coming. And they are facing it by holding hands and sticking together.

Sometimes that is the best and bravest thing we can possibly do.

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This quote seemed so appropriate today. I spent the weekend doing some crafty projects for a gathering I’ll be attending soon.

One project in particular was new to me. While doing said project I learned that:

  1. I do not possess the patience required to meticulously glue things together.
  2. I really should factor in the whole “I have no idea how to do this” thing before I agree to take on a project.
  3. Once you’ve sprayed on the final coat of sealant, it’s a little late to discover you’ve made a huge mistake.
  4. Doing something over for the third time doesn’t make it any better if you have no talent for making something in the first place.

I don’t know how brave it is, but I am certainly bad at that particular craft project. Based on the fact the project will be seen by a few dozen people at the gathering I’m taking it to, I suppose I will have to be a little brave to show up with it and allow it to be on display.

Wish me luck!

Oh, and if you are thinking about tackling something new this week, go for it! I’ll be cheering you on!

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