Monday, August 30, 2010

Saying Goodbye...

In loving memory of ...


October 1995 - August 29, 2010

You were ours to hold for but a time.

A loyal friend, a member of our family.

You watched our home, protected our children.

And loved us as we loved you.

We were blessed when God gave us you.

Didn't want to say goodbye,

but knew the time had come.

Rest now dear friend,

and know you'll be in our hearts forever.

We'll miss you, precious teddy bear.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Two Reviews for Mary Connealy

Having finished Mary Connealy's Wildflower Bride, book #3 in the Montana Marriage Series, I would have to say that Miss Connealy is up to fine writing form.

Wildflower Bride pulls you in from the onset when Wade Sawyer, awakened by gunfire, jumps from bed, grabs his gun, and runs out into the dusk of early morning to rescue Glowing Sun.

Readers familiar with Mary Connealy's stories will remember the main characters for Wildflower Bride, Wade Sawyer and Glowing Sun. Wade was the creep who wanted Cassie for his own in Montana Rose. He also made a brief appearance in the Husband Tree. Now with a change of heart, he's softened, matured and he's after the new woman of his dream. Glowing Sun, Abby. 

Of course, Glowing Sun, wants nothing to do with him, but when her camp is massacred she has no place to go. She wants to find the murderers of her people, but Wade won't let her go alone. When they are pit together against cattle rustlers things begin to change and secrets come to a head. Belle Tanner and her brood make an appearance in Wildflower Bride too. The ride is wild and funny. And you can't let go of the book till the end. You don't want. No, and even then when reach the end of the story you want more. Unfortunately Wildflower Bride was the third and last book out in the series for now.

But have no fear the Doctor in Petticoats is in... yes, I had to say it... 

I enjoyed this book. Doctor in Petticoats is the first in the Sophie's Daughters Series.  With the swipe of her pen, Mary Connealy has produced the rememdy for those of us who want our heroines strong, independent, fearless and sassy. The Doc in Petticoats, Beth McClellan is all those rolled in one, like those who came before her. She is her mama's daughter.

Our anguished hero, Alexander Buchanan, seems no match for the spitfire doctor at first, but that soon changes. 

Beth would just as soon have nothing to do with him, but those feelings change when Alex, a doctor in his own right and the only one the town seems to acknowledge, gives her the one thing she desires most... the chance to be a doctor and practice medicine. All he wants in return is the ability to use Beth's courage and strength to help him through the muttle his life has become. With her by his side, the nightmares are quelled. With her by his side, he finds he can return to using his hands to heal again.

Beth soon learns that Alex isn't the incompetent doctor or drunk she thought him to be. He's a weary soldier, waging a war against a past that has him undersiege. And overtime, as they work and live side by side, Beth realizes that Alex means more to her then she ever believed a man could. She is excited to share her life with him, but Alex harbors secrets that threatens to tear their world apart. Together they must race to set things aright or risk losing each forever.

And for those of you who already miss the goings on in Montana, with Belle, well Mary intertwines and allows us to spend time with several characters from previous series.

I'm already looking forward to the second book in the Sophie's Daughters Series and would recommend these books to anyone who wants to get lost in a good book for a time.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Stephanie Burkhart -- The Giving Meadow

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie Burkhart to Write Where I Want to Be today.

I just want to thank Tina for having me today on my blog tour for my children's book, "The Giving Meadow."

Just a little about me: I was born in Manchester, NH but live in Castaic, California with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Andrew and Joseph. I have fond memories of Manchester, but have made California my home. I earned a BS in political science from California Baptist University in 1995.

I have been writing since I was 5, first making homemade comic books. Now, I work on creating short stories and novels. I spent 11 years in the US Army and over 7 years in Germany. Writing is a passion that still challenges me. The Giving Meadow is my first children's book and my first book with 4RV Publishing. 


The Giving Meadow is about a caterpillar who hatches from his egg in the middle of a meadow. As he travels through the meadow, he meets new friends who learn the value of sharing.


I go to Blessed Kateri Catholic Church (in Santa Clarita, CA) and I'm involved in our Sunday Preschool program. We call it Little Church. The program works with 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. I help to teach the 3's along with 3 other talented ladies, Shirley Chang, Maureen Dunahoo, and Mary Tesselaar. Every year I help to write the Easter play for the children. In 2009, "The Giving Meadow" was our Easter play.

After I wrote it, I showed Vivian at 4RV. She's also a moderator at and I wanted her feedback on the story. She offered it a contract! I was tickled pink. It was a nice, unexpected surprise. I can't thank Vivian (Gilbert Zabel, publisher, 4RV Publishing) for believing in the story and wanting to bring it to life.

"The Giving Meadow" is wonderfully illustrated by Stephen Macquignon. Stephen primarily works in the medium of pen and ink and color digitally. He has had the privilege to work with Director Michael Sporn of Michael Sporn Animation Inc. He is also a monthly contributor for Stories for Children's magazine.
Stephen's children's books with 4RV Publishing include; Angeline Jellybean by Crystalee Calderwood and Colors by Dana Warren.

"The First Flag of New Hampshire," by Stephanie, will be released by 4RV Publishing next year. It is a TW/Young Adult story.

GOODIE TIME: Leave a post here on the blog. I'll pick two lucky winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. I'll also be giving out an autographed copy of the book. Winners will be drawn out of a hat, and I'll return on 5 AUG to announce them.











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