Sunday, February 16, 2020

New Release: If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh


Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom’s advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise.” And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door–turned–baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.

As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother’s death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.


Series: A Nantucket Love Story
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 3, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496434390
ISBN-13: 978-1496434395

Purchase here

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Task it Tuesday - Feb 11


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task it Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

I can't believe I skipped last week's post. I was determined there wouldn't be two missing weeks in a row.

It's a busy little place around here with working on upcoming listings, family stuff, and writing. Life is busy, but it is good. Here is my plan for the week:

  • Daily Bible reading
  • Log food in Lose it! daily
  • Maintain planner daily
  • Continue real estate bootcamp 
  • Grocery shop Monday and meal plan - DONE
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness (probably not, but need to keep it on the list)
  • Edit two chapters of project
  • Exercise Thursday and Saturday (Every day I am striving for 5,000 steps also, but am averaging around 2,500)
  • Clean the bonus room
  • Meetings Tues
  • Call travel agent
  • Prepare for Friday's listing appointment
  • Drink more water - more of a goal than a task, but want to stay focused

What does your to-do list look like this week? Are you staying on track with your 2020 goals?

Monday, February 10, 2020

Mailbox Monday - Feb 10




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here we are at Monday again. Sorry I missed you the last couple of weeks. My mailbox was skinny at the end of January, and last week was a bear so not much blogging. On a good note, I secured a fabulous new listing and my publisher offered me a contract for my fifth children's book.

My latest mailbox made up for the skinny week. I am reviewing the book on sales and the children's fantasy story. The one on wills was a Kindle freebie that I grabbed because I thought it would be entertaining light reading.





What did your mailbox look like last week? Anything special you want to share?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Clever Tom Contracted by 4RV Publishing!!!



I am happy to announce 4RV Publishing has contracted to publish my fifth children's book, Clever Tom. This will join Little Shepherd, A Christmas Kindness, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving, and Amos Faces His Bully on my author's bookshelf. This is my second children's book to be published by 4RV Publishing. I will keep you posted on the release date.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Task it Tuesday - Jan 28


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task it Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

So, here we are at the end of January. How has your month been? Mine has been busy from a writing/editing perspective, but real estate has slowed down a bit. I have, however, been prospecting like crazy, so I have a listing appointment this week and a new listing coming up soon.

I am happy about the progress I made last week. Here is the new list.

  • Daily Bible reading
  • Log food in Lose it! daily
  • Maintain planner daily
  • Start real estate bootcamp Tuesday
  • Grocery shop Monday and meal plan - DONE
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness (Good thing: talked to publisher and I have a bit more time on this one. Challenging thing: I need more pages than I thought.)
  • Edit next two chapters of project - working on 
  • Copy edits for Dust of Lies - working on 
  • Exercise Wednesday and Saturday (Every day I am striving for 5,000 steps also, but am averaging around 3,000)
  • Closing Friday
  • Clean the bonus room
  • Drink more water - more of a goal than a task, but want to stay focused

What does your to-do list look like this week? What is the most important thing for you to accomplish this week?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday Morning Ramblings



I didn't have anything new to share as far as books in my mailbox, so I figured I would ramble a bit this morning.

Here is how my week went as far as meeting my goals from Task it Tuesday:

  • Daily Bible reading - Done
  • Log food in Lose it! daily - Done
  • Maintain planner daily - Done
  • Meeting Tuesday - Done
  • Start real estate bootcamp Tuesday - Not done
  • Meeting Wednesday - Done
  • Grocery shop Monday and meal plan - Done
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness - Not done
  • Edit next two chapters of project - Working on
  • Copy edits for Dust of Lies - Working on
  • Exercise Saturday and Sunday - Not done
  • Bylaws meeting Friday - Done
  • Take health assessment for insurance - Done
  • Clean the bonus room - Probably next week
  • Organize spice and herb shelf in pantry - Done
I made decent progress this week, but I am bummed at still having a bonus room filled with clutter. My hope is to turn that into the exercise area, but I can't use that as an excuse not to exercise. I'm happy I am keeping up with tracking my calories, reading my Bible, and maintaining my meal plan and mindfulness journal. The real test will be if I can do those things once we hit the spring market.

Working on editing today. Then I need to finalize the extra material for A Christmas Kindness. 

I'm still looking for a new church. Honestly, I haven't gone out of my way to attend services every week. My heart is broken realizing this will no longer be family time. The girls have no interest and the hubby barely any interest. They want the old church back, which doesn't exist anymore. Still, I need to move forward and find what I need.

That's it for today's ramblings. I hope you all have a blessed week.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Task List Update

Working hard to check off as much as I can this week.



  • Daily Bible reading - On track
  • Log food in Lose it! daily - On track
  • Maintain planner daily - On track 
  • Meeting Tuesday - Done
  • Start real estate bootcamp Tuesday - Not quite
  • Meeting Wednesday - Done
  • Grocery shop Monday and meal plan - Done
  • Finish extra material for A Christmas Kindness - Planned for Saturday
  • Edit next two chapters of project - Planned for Sunday
  • Copy edits for Dust of Lies - Pending next round of edits
  • Exercise Saturday and Sunday (Every day I am striving for 5,000 steps)
  • Bylaws meeting Friday
  • Take health assessment for insurance
  • Clean the bonus room - Probably next week
  • Organize spice and herb shelf in pantry - Not yet