Sunday, August 4, 2013


Having 2 small children is a lot of fun but it's also a lot of work.  Over the course of the last 3 years, I've lost pieces of myself.  I've found a lot more but there are times when it is so exhausting to be a mom that I just shut down.  At the end of the day, there is no time left for me or the things that I want to accomplish, be it chores or just fun stuff, like scrapbooking or heck, even reading a book!

My husband struggles with the same issues.  I'm lucky enough to be a stay at home mom which makes the financial woes a little more but there are infinitely more rewards to it.  But sometimes, we all get stuck in the mud.  We can't see our way out of it.  We see the dreams and hopes we had crashing down around us.  We start to see only the bad and forget all the wonderful things we have going for us.  That's when I know it's time for us to get out of dodge.

This past week just worked out so that Josh had one day off, one day on, one day off and then a late shift.  Where we are in Ohio, it's only about an 8-9 hour drive to the ocean.  Me being me, Josh's schedule and our bleak outlook sparked an idea.  After a bit of discussion and a whole lot of running on my part, Thursday morning saw us off to Virginia Beach.  It took us a heck of a lot longer to get going and a lot longer to get there thanks to 2 small children and some crazy bad rain but we made it.  We camped, played in the ocean, saw parts of the country we'd never seen before....It was amazing.  The car trip back took much longer than getting there had (isn't that always the case??) but in the end, it was incredibly refreshing.

I'm reminded that life takes us down paths we didn't envision but that doesn't make it the wrong path.
I'm reminded that life doesn't have to adhere to a schedule.
I'm reminded that it's okay to rinse off all the sand just to jump right back in it.
I'm reminded that the world is a bright, wonderful place.
I'm reminded that I can be spontaneous, even with small children.
I"m reminded that cutting loose is necessary.
I'm reminded that not everything has to be a huge, expensive production.

Onward and upward.  I've got some novels calling my name.  Have a wonderful day, beautiful people.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sydney Logan's Mountain Charm

Let's give a round of applause to Sydney Logan for bringing us another awesome work!  Sydney is joining us today on her blog tour for Mountain Charm, the second book in her Appalachian Heart series.  I've got all kinds of things to share with you so please keep reading!!  There's even a giveaway of Mountain Charm at the bottom!

Here's a summary

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.
Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

A little bit about Sydney:

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is slated for a summer 2013 release.

My take:

Loved this! I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it but once I made it through the first chapter, I couldn't put it down!

The story follows Angelina, a small town girl whose family has always been a little bit strange thanks to the streak of magic in their blood.  At 13, all girls in her family cast a spell that is supposed to bring their soul mate into their life when they reach 21.  In the very beginning, Angelina casts that spell and the first chapter opens on her 21st birthday and who should walk in but a handsome Nashville journalist looking for her.

The following course of events causes Angelina and her new found friend Dylan to question everything they know about, well, everything.  Angelina must come to terms with who she is and what she is capable of.  Dylan must learn to accept the things that he can and cannot change about his whole life and what that will mean for him going forward.

One issue I have with most romance novels that involve magic is that they are incredibly hokey. The magic in books can be a hard pill to comes out poorly written and really kills the tone of the book. Sydney NAILS it with this book. Magic is a part of it but it's not in the least bit hokey. Angelina and Celia have magic in their lives but it's not the only thing that defines them. 

The relationships in this book are heart warming and honest. I truly believed every one of them. Sydney is able to capture the essence of an Appalachian mountain community and at no point did I question any of the characters' choices which is a rare thing in a romance novel.

Bravo on another job well written, Sydney! I'm stoked for future works!!

The Fun Stuff:
So you wanna win an ebook copy of Mountain Charm, do ya?  Well, it's simple!
1. Follow my blog! 
2. Go like Sydney's author page on Facebook!
3. Come back here and comment!
4. DOUBLE entries if you buy any of Sydney's other work and send me a copy of the receipt!

Accepting entries until August 3rd, with a winner to be announced on August 4th!

Lessons Learned on Amazon
Mountain Charm on Amazon
Mistletoe Magic on Amazon
Forces of Nature on Amazon

Lessons Learned on Barnes and Noble
Mountain Charm on Barnes and Noble

Visit Sydney’s website at

Friday, July 12, 2013

Coming soon....

A few years ago, I started reading works by this wonderful woman, Sydney Logan.  While reading some of her unpublished stuff, I learned that she was working on her first novel and was attempting to have it published.  Then she did.  Do you have any idea how cool it is to know someone who is achieving one of their dreams?  And to know that that person really deserves it?  That's Sydney.  Knowing her, I of course jumped to buy her book.  That's what you do for friends.  When they put something out, you buy it to support them.  Know what though?  I actually REALLY loved the book.

Lessons Learned was Sydney's first book.  It completely floored me.  It's about a teacher who moves back to her hometown and gets caught up in the life of a gay quarterback while attempting to put her own life back together.  It's also set in Appalachia.  Holy cow.  I really boiled the book down to one line but there is so much more depth to this novel.  I couldn't put it down and sobbed by the time it was all said and done.  I truly believe that everyone should read it.  You meet characters who are homophobic, some who are not, some who change and some who don't.  It's not a preachy "get on the rainbow bandwagon" book but it does have an amazing message.

Recently, Sydney published her second novel, Mountain Charm.  Again, I raced out to read it.  Again, it didn't disappoint.  A full review of it will be coming soon.

That's really what I'm here to tell you.  On July 29th, I'll be hosting Sydney here as a stop on her Mountain Charm blog tour.  So keep an eye out...I'll be posting an ebook giveaway of Mountain Charm!!