Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wrinkles by Mian Mohsin Zia

by Mian Mohsin Zia

Right from the start the title intrigued me. How could a story about wrinkles be considered a love story?

Mian artfully crafted a story where the characters and their interaction with one another help the reader discover that despite wrinkles on our souls caused by trials, heartache and tragedy, true love can be found.

A mother's love is a powerful thing but Xavier's story of finding love encompasses much more; the love between a man and a woman, the love parents have for their children, the love children have for their parents and the love that grows in friendships. Xavier's journey to find true love is a wonderful story of perseverance, hope and discovery.

Although some wrinkles may take a lifetime to heal; through prayer, faith and love they can be healed.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mind Over Mind by Karina Fabian

Mind Over Mind
by Karina Fabian

Daryl isn't your average teenage boy. He's been in an institution for many years because hears voices in his head. They won't leave him alone. They've tormented him and even caused him bodily harm. When they call he must answer. That is until Josh arrives. 

Josh has learned the skill of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) from his father and to take a break from his regular life he's going to put those skills to use. His father has a colleague in Rhode Island and arranges a summer internship for Josh.

His first assignment is to be a friend to a younger boy and learn all he can from the doctors and nurses as they work with the patients who live there. Josh earns Daryl's trust and teaches him the skills he needs help him deal with and manage all that's going on in his head. 

Daryl's newly developed skills help him learn control and shield his mind from the aliens invading his mind and the nightmares of the other patients in SK Mental. His fears are more manageable every day and he really likes Josh's friendship. Will this newfound knowledge be enough to get him out into the real world and deal with all that he'd encounter? What about the alien world that has been in his head all these years? It has to be real. What will happen to them if he refuses their call?

As he watches the progress Daryl is making, Dr. Malachi isn't willing to concede the fact that it's Josh's knowledge of NLP that are the key to helping Daryl live in the real world. If he does, what will that say of him as a doctor?

I thoroughly enjoyed the full spectrum of emotions I experienced with the turn of each page! I'm looking forward to Mind over Psyche and the adventure that awaits!

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Who knew that being a mother would be so rewarding? Yes, there are days that will try you like never before but there are so many more days that you'll be able to use those trials to make things turn out to be the best ever!

When you first look into your newborn baby's eyes, fresh from heaven you are filled with so much love your heart can barely contain itself.

As your child grows, so does your capacity to love. You welcome your second son into the family and you teach, learn and grow as a family with each new day.

You know there are more you need to shower with love so you welcome your first baby girl to the family. With play time, nap time, school, cartoons, yard work, house chores, grocery shopping, laundry, vacations, reading and changing diapers, you learn to manage your time so you can get everything done.

Motherhood can be exhausting but when your little boy brings you a handful of dandelions your heart melts and the exhaustion disappears. "I love you mama!"

Then your baby boy joins the wonderful adventure here on earth and the joy increases more than you thought possible! Camping trips, dinosaurs, princess dresses, doll houses, scouting, football and soccer. Bee stings, skinned knees, teepees in the backyard, crackers and chocolate chips.

Life as you know it changes for the better and your family is complete when your baby girl is born.

Kitty cats, painting, cowboys and indians, GI Joe's and Barbie's, homework, choir concerts, dancing, Eagle Scouts, Young Womanhood Awards, sewing, school plays, football championships, college, missions, marriage, dauther-in-law, grandchildren, and stories, writing, cowboy action shooting, archery, cars, and gardens.

We become a forever family by growing closer to God through trials of faith, hope in a bright future, and increasing our testimonies. Love between husband and wife grows with each amazing gift God sends to your home. You become better people as you work, play and love together.

All these amazing things have made life as a mother fulfilling and rewarding. I am so thankful for the blessings of my husband and children, motherhood, fatherhood and eternal families.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My Journey to Nauvoo: Day 1 Photos

With the execption of a stop somewhere around 2 am to switch drivers, the busses were on the road all night long. We tried to sleep - some of us even had success. Our first stop of the day was in at the rest area in Lincoln, NE at 7 am for breakfast and bathroom breaks. (Why is the line to the women's room so much longer than the men's?) A question we may never know the answer to. 
From sun up to sundown we enjoyed some beautiful scenery. The biggest difference being the lack of mountains. 

Sunrise on the prairie

The monument to Abraham Lincoln

The sun brightening my view and the words below enlightening my understanding as I learn something new.

Beauty of the morning sun

Abe up close

Next stop: Big Springs, to stretch our legs, obtain liquid refreshment and snacks for the long road ahead and for more bathroom breaks

Rolls and rolls of hay

Fields and fields of corn. Everything's so green!

Wide open spaces dotted with barns and homesteads

The weather is sunny one minute and the next, clouds are rolling in and rain threatens

Beautiful architecture

and then it begins to rain 

Water towers everywhere

Sunset in Missouri

Friday, October 2, 2015

Grandma Wanner's Peanut Brittle

I know it's only October, but as the seasons change, I find myself thinking of the fun things we do during the holidays. 

Christmas traditions at our house include making candies and chocolates. Our family favorites are: Peanut Clusters, Peanut Brittle, English Toffee, Caramels and Pecan Turtles! 

Here are some photos of the Peanut Brittle making process from Christmas 2014.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vocal Crush - Author Interview with Lisa Swinton

Today I have a special treat! Lisa Swinton, author of Vocal Crush, is joining me for an author interview so let's get to know a little more about her, shall we?

Sharee: When did you first know that you wanted to be an author?

Lisa: I didn't. I was invited by friends to join a new critique group they were starting. I had no aspirations to write a novel, but said I'd give it a try. That was about five years and three published books ago. 

Sharee: What is your favorite genre to read?

Lisa: Romance. Clean romance. 

Sharee: How has your mentor influenced you the most?

Lisa: Danyelle Ferguson (author or Sweet Confections) would be the one to blame for getting me into the writing business. And I'm extremely thankful to her for showing me the ropes. It was her idea to have me try and she encourages me along every path. And talks me down during panic attacks. She showed me the value of critique groups, online support, and the invaluable ways a conference could add to my abilities as a writer. 

Sharee: How did you come up with the ideas for your book?  

Lisa: Anything can be an inspiration. Characters I've played, song lyrics, movies, everyday life. It just depends on which one strikes me most at the moment. 

Sharee: What or where is your ideal writing environment?

Lisa: Bring on the beach. But, truthfully, I love my cozy office/desk tucked into a corner of our bedroom. It has lots of natural light, overlooks the street, and is generally a peaceful place. 

Welcome to the Vocal Crush Blog Tour!
Now for the fun!

Can you ever out run a broken heart?
Lexi Court spent seven years traveling the world, living the nomadic Broadway life, in an attempt to outrun the broken heart Nick Rivers gave her. Now, there’s nowhere left to go.
When she accepted a position as a high school drama teacher in Las Vegas, Lexi hoped to get over Nick, find a nice guy, and settle down. But what should be a quiet summer gets turned upside down when Lexi's best friend, Taffy, drafts her to be an emergency replacement coach on a televised vocal competition.
Feeling out of her league among the other three celebrity coaches, Lexi fights for the most promising contestants to be on her team. One note from a single voice shatters her summer. Nick unexpectedly auditions and joins Lexi's team. With her vocal crush on him raging as strong as ever, she has nowhere to run from Nick’s dreamy looks or siren voice.
Lexi has no doubt that Nick can win the competition. The question is does he want to win her heart as well or will he damage it beyond repair? 
Get her other books.  Ring on Her Finger and Fallen Angel, are also discounted for a limited time. Grab those too!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Finding Sheba by H. B. Moore

Finding Sheba 
By H. B. Moore

Dr. Lyon has discovered who attempted to assassinate his dearest friend, the Coptic pope. Only a handful of his colleagues would know the importance of the knowledge he had. Realizing the gravity of his situation, he had to let them know of the deception he'd discovered.

Learning who she can trust is the first item of business for Jade, the young apprentice. She travels across the world to join Lucas Morel, an Egyptologist who wants to know what happened to Dr. Lyon as bad as she does.

The young woman paused. She knelt next to one of the fallen; too big to be a woman although dressed as one. She lifted the wig, but her worst fears were realized. It was her father, the king of Sheba, murdered in an ambush. Grief and sadness turn to anger as she vows to find out who did this and find the king's ring - the ring of Sheba.

Heir to the throne, she is now Queen of Sheba. She must rely on her captain of the guard and maid servant to help her as this mantle falls upon her. After he saves her life, she is surprised and pleased at the feelings of her heart for him. Sadly, she tells herself it cannot be. She is the Queen and cannot marry for love. She must marry royalty. She travels to meet Solomon and her life takes a new course.

Omar is working deep undercover to find the clues that will lead to finding the Queen of Sheba's tomb. What he doesn't know is who's behind the accidents that keep happening to block the way.
Weaving the story through centuries

A letter from Alem's grandmother has a clue to aid him in finding the truth, but when he discovers an important artifact, he soon realizes there is no reward for doing so; only excruciating pain.

Mia is also working undercover, but she knows more than she can tell Omar. She is the best at what she does and will do what ever it takes to keep the Coptic Pope safe.

Jade and Lucas' paths cross Mia, Omar and Alem - also hoping to discover the burial place of Sheba. Realizing the danger they are in, they form an alliance.

Finding Sheba is a thrilling and suspenseful love story woven between past and present. Although it's a work of fiction, the story brought history to life as I accompanied Omar, Jade, Mia, Alem and Dr. Morel as they traveled through the desert to uncover the truth of what happened to the Queen of Sheba.