Friday, June 28, 2019

What We've Been Reading - June


You know, my reading time seriously suffers when I have a book coming out, LOL. Much of June seems to have vanished into the abyss of marketing and brainstorming and signing/shipping books. I'm not complaining--I've had a blast. But I haven't been reading quite as much as usual, I have to say...

Roseanna's Reads

Audio 


This isn't a book I'd ever have picked up on my own, but my husband got it with our Audible credits and then was so enthusiastic about it that he insisted I give it a listen too. And it's been surprisingly fascinating, LOL. The premise of the book is that in sales/advertising/marketing, you have to ignore logic and reason and look for the "magic"--the things in human psychology that actually attract us to something despite what we "should" want. It's an incredibly interesting take on the question of "how do we foster excitement about our products?" and introduces right off the bat to a revolutionary concept: don't put it on sale. Just put more ducks in your advertisement. ;-)

Plus, it's narrated by the author, and who doesn't enjoy listening to an English man deliver his own humor in that dry, deadpan way? I'm thoroughly enjoying this book--and getting some fun new ideas too. (As a note, this book does have some language in it, so if you're sensitive to such things, steer clear.)


For My Bookclub

Um...this month's book club is The Number of Love.



I've kinda read this one before. ;-) I'm not rereading, but I didn't want to just delete the category, so, you know...Look at the pretty cover! LOL

For the Interview


My June interview was with Lauraine Snelling, and we were talking about her fun new contemporary, Half Finished. In this book, a group of ladies in a small city get together to begin what they call a UFO group--UnFinished Objects--and it really takes off. Crafters of all varieties start meeting once a week with the goal of finishing unfinished projects that are cluttering up their closets and lives. And of course, along the way life happens, and the friendships between these ladies (and some men too) are what gets them through.

I love this concept and also loved learning from Lauraine that it was inspired by a group she put together a few years ago. If you're looking for a fun read that focuses on women of retirement age (though pretty much all generations are represented), then I highly recommend Half Finished.


For Fun



This book has been making the rounds in my family, and my sister handed it to me a couple weeks ago. I hadn't had time to pick it up for quite a while, but I finally cracked the cover, and it didn't take me long to get sucked into life in the North Carolina marsh in the 50s and 60s.

(This definitely isn't a Christian book--so just be aware of that. There's some language and some sex. I haven't found it to be at all over the top in those respects, but just FYI.)

I've enjoyed the split timeline in this book, especially, I think, because they're only split by a few years. It's been so interesting to see the crime in the more modern line and then work my way to what really happened in the older one. The word-pictures painted about marsh life are just gorgeous. This is definitely a book that makes me want to explore nature and find my place in it.

Overall, definitely a book that sucks you in and haunts your thoughts!

Rachel's Reads

Hi folks! I am super excited to share my current reads with you. You may know me as Bookworm Mama as well as being Roseanna's Assistant! I LOVE books and sharing my love of books with others! Here is what I've been reading this month...

For My Bookclub (& Audio)

Wow. Wow. Wow!!! My dear friend (and co-founder of our Book Club, Oh! Books) Lydia has been telling me to read Hazel Gaynor for MONTHS. And now that I finally have, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?!?!?! The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is the first official read for Oh! Books and I devoured the audio in a day and a half...Split-Time Historical Fiction, this story expounds on the bond of family and the deep roots passed down from generation to generation. This story really touched my heart. The narrator was fabulous! Having to tackle several accents and she expressed the emotion in such a powerful way I just wanted more. I highly recommend this one for sure!

NOTE: This is not a Christian read. There is some language, but otherwise clean.

For Fun/Review

So...I loved The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter so much that I HAD to read more by Hazel Gaynor. I downloaded The Girl Who Came Home and listened to it while I drove 300+ miles to a family reunion, oh ya, that's one way lol. I'm not super fond of driving and listening to this story helped keep me from stressing out too much. This story was fabulously done. Broke my heart and kept me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, we all know the fate of the Titanic. But Ms. Gaynor kept the story engaging and unique. A split-time historical fiction read, you will get sucked into this thrilling and harrowing tale.

NOTE: This is not a Christian read. There is some language, but otherwise clean.



Ahhhh!!!! I love this story!!!! I am not finished with it yet (watch my blog for the review) and I wish there were more hours in the day to spend reading. Until the Mountains Fall is the third book in the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette (who I got to meet at CFRR 2019 and she is SUCH a delight! I LOVE HER) *ahem* anyhoo.....Connilyn writes Biblical Fiction in a way that I have never, personally, read before. She takes the approach of writing Historical Fiction that is SET during a Biblical period. This, to me, makes it so much easier to relate to the story, to SEE the setting, and to understand and comprehend the Bible stories that coincide in a more efficient way. If you haven't read anything by Ms. Cossette, I recommend starting with A Light on the Hill.

With the Kids

We didn't quite finish all the reading for their schoolwork this year. So over the summer we will catch up on the read-alouds. Homer Price is a fun and easy read about a boy who lives in a small town back when people still used a horse and wagon and cars weren't very common. He has unique adventures and is quite the ingenious kid. The boys love having me read to them at lunch time. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Thoughtful About . . . The Truth of Us


Pride.

It's something I've struggled with a lot over the years. Something I'm continually learning to keep in check. Something I've needed to learn to master so that it's not master of me. Something I've therefore given a lot of thought to and explored in my writing from various angles.

I think often we assume that the opposite of pride is humility. This seems correct, right? Until I pause to realize that just as there are both good and bad forms of pride, there are also true and false forms of humility. And when not done right, what we say is humility can, in fact, be a form of pride.

So what is the opposite of pride?

Truth.

This is something I'd already been exploring a bit with Margot in The Number of Love, and something people have commented on a few times since its release. Just last week, someone said to me that they were a bit disturbed at the apparent pride Margot displays. She's a Christian woman--she shouldn't be exulting in her own abilities.

I nod along to these observations. Because, yes, of course, Christians shouldn't exult in their own abilities.

But here's the thing: Christians should still know their own abilities. Otherwise, we're not glorifying God for His creation, for His gifts.

C. S. Lewis has a brilliant observation of this in The Screwtape Letters. His demonic character, Screwtape, is observing to his nephew Wormwood that they've really done a number on humanity, making us think that embracing humility and denying pride looks like this: A beautiful woman saying she's ugly; a talented architect claiming he has no skill.

When put so bluntly, we can see the lie in it...though even then, on the "beautiful" question we tend to think, "Well..." But pause to really let that sink in for a moment.

What do we accomplish by denying the things we're good at? Do we really achieve humility? Or do we simply lie about what God has done? Do we convince ourselves of it? If not, then there's more deceit. And if we do, then we've effectively bought into a lie.

Because there IS good in each of us. There are God-given talents and skills and abilities. There is beauty. He made us like this so that we can glorify Him through it and with it.

As Lewis puts it, true humility is in recognizing your talent/skill/ability/gift, using it for Him, acknowledging the thing you've done as being good--maybe even the best--and then thinking no more of it than you would if someone else had done it. True humility is in always striving to improve while at the same recognizing where God's already brought you.

In Margot's case, it would be ridiculous for her not to think she's smarter than most people around her. She simply IS. This is fact, not opinion. It would be like one of the tallest people in the world never noticing that those around him seem to be shorter than he is. Humility isn't that tall man saying, "Oh, I'm not that tall." Humility is in him saying, "Yes, of course, I'm tall. But it doesn't make me better. And unless I use it for God's purposes, does it even matter?"

This can be hard for us--it's a balance. We can't tip over into thinking what we have makes us more important than someone else. But we also can't just dismiss who we are.

Humility, joy, and glorifying our Lord lies in the truth. The truth of the world. The truth of His love. The truth of us.

Because we all have strengths, and we all have weaknesses. We all excel at one thing and fail at another. It's okay to recognize where we're strong--and to try to fix where we're weak. It's okay even to recognize that you're stronger in one thing than someone else...depending on what you do with it. Do you come alongside them and help them? Lend your strength to them? Do you use it to make their lives better? Or do you just lord over them?

I'm a writer. I'd never say I'm the best or anything like that--for one thing, it's entirely subjective. And for another, I know I have plenty of room for improvement. But I'm a writer. I'm good at it. It's what God has given me. It's one of the tools He's put in my box for doing the work He's called me to do. I'm a writer, and a good one. That's the truth. A truth I've had to learn over a lot of years to hold only as tightly as I need to in order to keep doing what He wants me to do, and no tighter. It's a truth that could change at any moment. It's a truth that only matters insofar as I'm using it correctly. Beyond that, it doesn't matter at all. Because being a good writer doesn't make me a good person, doesn't make me a child of God.

But if I can use it for Him, then I'm honoring His gift. I'm glorifying Him with it.

The truth of me would include these things:

I'm a decent musician.
I'm intelligent.
I'm a good writer.
I'm a talented designer.

And that list is great, as long as I'm using my music to praise Him. I'm using my brain to draw closer to Him and try to understand Him and the world He's put me in and help others do the same. I use my words to share His message of love, and I honor Him by putting a lot of work into them and making them shine for Him. I use my designing skills to help others get their stories into the world and make a good first impression.

I could list my failings too. Those are also part of my truth, part of what I need to work on. And the working on them should be part of that continual journey in Him, trying to become the person He wants me to be.

The truth of me doesn't lie in denial. It lies is recognition of what He's made me and what He expects of me. Because that's just as important as the gift, right? What we DO with it.

There's a lie you believe today about yourself. Just as there are lies I believe. Maybe there's a truth you've been told you ought to downplay or deny, and you've been doing that instead of using it to bring glory and praise to our Lord.

But true humility does not deceive. It elucidates. Then and only then, when humility is paired with Truth, is it really the opposite of pride.

What's your truth? Who are you in Him?

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 etymonline.com (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???

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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 bookwormracheld@gmail.com (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 bookwormracheld@gmail.com 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


Because

TEA PARTIES + BOOKS = BLISS

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!





Giveaways

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.



Monday, June 3, 2019

Word of the Week - 9 English Idioms (Guest Post)


This week I'm mixing it up just a wee bit and referring you to another fun blog post that explores the origins of 9 common English sayings.

Language is such a fascinating area of study, and each has its own unique, complex set of intricacies that makes it difficult for those of another dialect to understand and learn. But this is what makes our written word so beautiful—the diversity in our language that results from different cultures, historical events, etc. Whether speaking or writing, we’re constantly using figurative phrases and idioms that, although make perfect sense to us, might perplex someone who doesn’t fully understand our jargon. Invaluable created a neat visual that highlights some of our most-used idioms and how each came from a literal event of the past. Explore the history and origins of our language below!

Just click on the links or the graphic below to visit the full post on the histories of these phrases!
https://www.invaluable.com/blog/popular-english-idioms/

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Thanks for joining me today! Which of these is your favorite to use?