Monday, June 24, 2019

Word of the Week - Cleave

One of my very first Words of the Week was the word cleave. I've long found it interesting that the word has two meanings, which are opposite each other:

Cleave, definition 1 - to divide, to split, to cut

Cleave, definition 2 - to stick, cling, adhere to something closely.

In my first post about it, I merely point out the oddity without actually looking at the history of the words (come on, Past Roseanna, what's your deal? LOL), so I figured it was time to look into why these words have opposite meanings!

What I found is pretty interesting. Cleave (1) actually comes to us from Old English and was taken from the Proto-Germanic kleuban. There are many other old languages with similar words that all meant the same thing: the divide, to split by force. This was considered a very strong verb back in the Old English days.

But then as the years went on and English evolved into what we now call Middle English, the second cleave came along...from a totally different word. This one is from the West-Germanic klibajan, meaning "to stick." Again, other languages have similar words that reflect this meaning.

Apparently from the get-go there was some confusion about the two meanings, because Cleave (1) had, by then, weakened a bit as a verb. It was no longer so strong and forceful a word, so introducing Cleave (2) that meant the opposite kinda messed with it even more, and also contributed to its continued weakening.

These days, we don't often use either, and I have to wonder if in part it's because of that confusion.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thoughtful About . . . Taking the Long Way

Do you ever stop to wonder how different our lives might look if, instead of searching for the most expedient way, we looked for the most meaningful?

The word shortcut has existed in English since the 1500s...and I'm sure the idea of it has been around long before that. Because generally speaking, no matter what we might say about joy being found in the journey, we're all about the destination. And our goal is to get there as quickly as possible.

I readily admit I do this. I've found the quickest path to the mailbox. I've experimented to find the quickest route to places I go regularly. I've even developed a method for the quickest way to dry off when I get out of the shower (without missing any spots, of course). In my brain, this was just reasonable--the less time I spend getting there, the more time I can spend being there. Right?

But a couple weeks ago I got a Garmin Forerunner watch, which counts my steps and sets my activity goals for the day. And suddenly, my math changed. When I stepped outside to get the mail, I had this moment of debate: if I go the quick way, I'll get the mail faster and be back inside working in no time...but if I take the long way around, I'll get a couple hundred more steps toward my daily goal.

That first day, I took the sort of longer way--around the garden plot rather than through the woods. But as the weeks went on, I started looking for longer and longer routes to the mailbox. Now I find myself walking all along the driveway loop rather than cutting through the yard at all. Because my metric has changed. My goal shifted. I realized that the two minutes I might save in time was worth trading for the extra movement.

The other day, as I walked that longer path and meandered by the wind chimes hanging from a tree, the melody, chaotic but beautiful, spoke something to my soul. Sometimes, it seemed to say, you just need to take the long way.

The words stayed with me. I knew I wanted to ponder it and write about it, but I wasn't sure what I was going to say. After all, a longer route to the mailbox for the sake of fitness isn't exactly a deep spiritual epiphany, you know? But then I started to wonder if Jesus ever gave us this example. And I think He did.

There are several times in the Gospels where Jesus sends the disciples on ahead, and He goes off by himself to pray. The earliest example is in Matthew 14, after He feeds the five thousand. The disciples all get in a boat and go directly across the water to their next destination--the quickest route. But Jesus opts for a different path. He dismisses the multitude and then goes up the mountain to pray. Talk about the long way!

I'd noticed this before, of course, and thought it really cool that Jesus took a bit of a retreat to renew himself in the Father. But I'd never really paused to consider that He did this--knew He should do this--because getting to the other side as quickly as possible was not His goal. 

Of course, it's also worth noting that the disciples didn't get there ahead of him. They ended up storm-tossed, and He caught up with them, walking on the water. Another great example of how life often works, isn't it? We think we're on the quickest path...but then the storms arise. All our carefully laid plans get washed away, and there we are, out on the sea with the tempest roaring around us. Maybe we're tempted to think, "Why, God? Why didn't You warn me? Why didn't You tell me to take the other way?" And maybe sometimes He says in reply, "You never listen if I tell you to take the long way. So sometimes, I just have to slow you down like this."

Because I think it's on that longer path that we often find Him. That we can hear His voice in the music of a wind chime. That we can feel the brush of His fingers in the touch of the wind. It's when we slow down and shift our focus that we learn the lessons He's been trying to whisper into our ear.

How often did Jesus answer a direct question with a long, wandering answer in the form a parable? More often than not, right? Even there, He took the long way around. He could have just answered directly--but there was a reason He didn't. He knew, even in conversation, that directness may have been what we think we want, but it isn't what we need. When we really need to dwell deeply on a topic, He forces us to do so by taking us on a little journey to the answer.

Ezra (5) and his brother, Judah (6)
You can find more about Ezra's story HERE
Last week in my first tea party book club, my VA Rachel caught my attention when she used this same phrase. She'd been talking about her son Ezra and the trial they went through when he was a baby, born without an immune system. She said, "We wanted God to heal him right now, with a big miracle. But God made us take the long way." Today, Ezra has a fully functional immune system and is a healthy, happy boy. As a mama, I know Rachel would have preferred he get there all at once--and we tend to think, "Just think of the testimony we'd have if you gave us a miracle, God!"

But sometimes God says, "And think of the glory you get to give me every day through this when I take you on the long way. Think of all the opportunities you have to praise and trust Me when every day you have a reminder of how dependent on Me you are. Think of how much more miraculous it is that I protect you every day from the worst."

We see things through linear, chronological, twenty-four-seven eyes. But God sees things through the lens of eternity. To Him, I don't think "the long way" is any less expedient than "right now." We may see it as having to wait, as languishing in misery or pain, as waiting for a healing, for a miracle, for God to move.

But He sees it, I think, as prepping the soil for the life that will grow there. As showing us something we need to learn first. As being made ready for what He's going to do.

When the man blind from birth was healed, Jesus says his blindness wasn't because of any sin, but for the glory of God. Still, he was a grown man--how long was he out on the streets, begging, before Jesus came along? He could have come sooner, you know. He could have sought this man out before. But He didn't. He waited for the perfect time in His grand plan. And you'll notice that this man doesn't say, "Why did you take the long way, Jesus? Why didn't you find me years ago?"

No. He says, "I know this: I once was blind, but now I see." A vision he wouldn't have appreciated without those years of darkness first.

So maybe it isn't even that it should be more about the journey than the destination...maybe the truth is, we can't always even appreciate arriving at the destination if we don't live through a few detours first. And maybe it's because when we can't shift our focus off of our goals, we miss what His are for us.

Maybe we need to make it a point sometimes to take the long way...and see what music He sends our spirits when we do.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Word of the Week - Cheese

Why? Because I'm a big fan of cheese...and I happened across the word when browsing through (why yes, I browse etymology sites. Doesn't everyone?? LOL) and realized I had no idea of the history of either the word or the food.

The English word for cheese came into Old English as cyse (Saxon) and cese (Anglian), which took a Germanic path to us from the Latin caseus. But the cheese it would have been referring to is what we today would call cottage cheese--curds. Cheeses with rinds apparently weren't invented until about the 1300s.

What I found really fun is that the notion of the moon being made of cheese dates from the 1520s! And was, of course, meant to be only a funny and ridiculous assertion. Cheese as the thing we're told to say when posing for a photograph is first referenced in the 1930s in text--but the reference is talking about remembering being told that in earlier days, so it must have existed in speech for quite a while already.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Special Edition: Behind-the-Scenes of The Number of Love

I have had such a fun time sharing these little behind the scenes videos with you. I have been sharing these on Facebook, but I wanted to make sure I shared the whole collection with you, here.

Math from WhiteFire TV on Vimeo.

You can find the full collection HERE.

Leave a comment below about something you learned!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cover Reveal! On Wings of Devotion

Well, this is the first time this has happened--I have a new cover to show you, and the "reveal" date was the same as the release date of my previous book! So I've sat on this one for a week while The Number of Love launches. Not hard to do, because I am so excited about introducing Margot and Drake to the world!

But at the same time, THIS COVER! On Wings of Devotion is book 2 in The Codebreakers, picking up right where The Number of Love drops off chronologically--actually, it begins somewhere before the epilogue of TNoL takes place, but after the main part of the story ends.

If you've read The Number of Love already, then you know who the hero is going to be in book two--Phillip Camden, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corp and school chum of our current hero, Drake. In the course of the story, we see that Camden has landed in some serious hot water. Thanks to Drake, he ends up working in Room 40...but he isn't happy about it--or anything. He's reeling from the loss of his squadron and doesn't mind taking it out (rather hilariously, I think) on everyone around him. But he still can't quite overcome his instincts--loyalty and selflessness. Made for SUCH a fun hero to write in this new one!

But I've been getting a lot of questions asking who the heroine is going to be, which make me giggle. She's there in book 1...but you won't know it, necessarily. Her name is Arabelle Denler, and she's a nurse in Charing Cross Hospital. And of course, this being one of my covers, she's the one we see there on the front of the book--and though it may seem like this book is all about Camden since we know him already, trust me--Ara deserves to be pictured!

Let me tell you just a little bit about her, and then I'll show you the cover!

Arabelle isn't beautiful. But, as Cam thinks upon meeting her, "she does a good job of hiding it" behind a quick wit and fashionable clothes. She's tall--around 6 feet in height--and frequently described as "gangly." But Ara is also the kind of girl who will sacrifice anything if it will help someone heal. After a heartbreaking childhood (her mother dies and her father is lost in the wilds of South America for years), she feels God saying to her, If you want to heal, then heal others. This is why she's a nurse...and why she does some things at the start of the story that baffle and intrigue Cam.

And now... THE COVER! Are you ready???




Isn't it GORGEOUS!!!!!!???????

I'm so in love with this. Here's why:

The golden colors are just breathtaking--and that DRESS! (Pass it over here, please. Right over here.)

The model they chose for Arabelle is perfect. I mean, still too pretty, but you'll have that. ;-) I love that she has heavy brows, though, as Ara does, and her hair isn't quite perfect. She somehow gives off a vibe of "I'm not really as pretty as I look," which is spot-on.

Next--THE GLOBE! Until y'all read the story, you won't know exactly how important this is, but a quick explanation: Arabelle's father is an explorer, "stranded" in London during the war. She's getting to know him for the first time in her life. In his study, he has maps and globes everywhere, and this is where she and Cam really get to know each other. I'd suggested a globe for the cover and LOVE that they put it in! 

And finally, if you look on her chest, you'll see she's wearing a pilot's wing pin. This is SO IMPORTANT. Just like "18" had to be on the cover of The Number of Love because it IS the number of Margot's love, so did this pin have to be on this cover.

So what do you think? Do you like the colors? Are you intrigued? Which cover of the series is your favorite so far? (I'd be hard pressed to pick. They nailed both of them!)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Calling All Artists!

I had so much fun with the coloring contest for An Hour Unspent. I wanted to continue with the creative theme for The Number of Love, so...

I want to see your ORIGINAL artwork! 

That's right! Use computer graphics, colored pencils, watercolor, or another choice of medium to create an original piece of art inspired by The Number of Love. There are so many themes to pull from for this, I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Submit your creations to (my assistant) and we will feature all the artwork on a Pinterest Board. From that, I will choose 1 winner. The winner will receive a $15 gift card to Blick and have their artwork featured on my blog, newsletter, and social media platforms.

Rules of Entry

1. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winning.

2. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning.

3. Contest is open Internationally.

4. Contest begins June 6, 2019 at 12:00AM EDT and ends June 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.

5. To enter, create original artwork inspired by The Number of Love using any medium you'd like. Artwork must be appropriate. Photograph or scan your artwork and email entry to with subject line "The Number of Love Art Contest". Please include your full name in your email.

Entry must include a parent or legal guardian's full name, telephone number and email address if the contestant is under 18 years of age. Entry must be submitted in English. Any entries missing the above requirements will be immediately disqualified.

6. Entry must be received by Rachel Dixon (Roseanna's Assistant) no later than 11:59PM EDT on June 26, 2019 by email. No other method of entry will be accepted.

7. All personal information collected will be used for the purposes of this contest only and will not be used for marketing or other purposes.

8. Limit one (1) entry per person.

9. All entries must be original and entirely created by the entrant. There are no restrictions on what an entrant can use to create the image.

10. Entries will be judged by Roseanna M. White based on creativity, skill, and overall artistic ability. Roseanna M. White will decide ONE finalist and the winner will then be notified via email. All entries will be shared on a designated Pinterest board and the winner's entry will be shared on Roseanna's blog and social media.

11. One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected at the end of the contest.

12. Grand Prize:

One (1) $15 Gift Card to Blick.

Prizes subject to change according to availability. If a prize is unavailable, a similar prize will be substituted.

13. Non-compliance or return of prize notification as undeliverable, may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

14. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

15. All entries become the property of Roseanna M. White and may be used or reproduced in any manner and for any purpose by Roseanna M. White without additional consent or compensation, and will not be acknowledged or returned.

16. By participating, Contest entrants: (1) represent that they have complied with these Official Contest Rules; (2) have received parental consent if under the age of 18 and grant Roseanna M. White the right to use his or her name, and state, (3) release Roseanna M. White from all liability in connection with this Contest, and (4) agree to execute an affidavit of eligibility/prize acceptance form and publicity release if requested to do so, all without further compensation.

17. Roseanna M. White and staff are not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, or incomplete/incorrect entries.

18. Roseanna M. White reserves the right to disqualify anyone who attempts to tamper or otherwise interfere with the proper functioning of the promotion.

19. Void where prohibited.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Let's Celebrate Release Day!

It's HERE! Today is the day!!! I hope you are ready to join me on an exciting adventure in The Number of Love

About the Book

The Toughest Puzzle She'll Have to Solve
Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack German telegrams for hints of the enemy's plans. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

Purchase a signed copy HERE

Tea Party Book Club



If you haven't heard yet, I am starting my very own Tea Party Book Club! This will be done via video chat. A way to bring us all a little closer together. I am SO excited! Reserve your seat today because they are filling fast! You can find all the information HERE.

Blog Tours

The Number of Love is currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours. Stop by and discover something new about the story! (And enter a really fun giveaway.)

Celebrate Lit Publicity will also be featuring The Number of Love! Keep an eye out for the start of this tour.

EBook Deals

SO.MANY.DEALS!!! You can find these sales at your favorite eBook retailer! Don't wait too long though!


As always, I LOVE sharing fun giveaways with my readers! There is a giveaway for International readers as well! YAY! Full descriptions and details can be found on the Giveaway Landing Page HERE.