Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's on your TV?

Summertime becomes my no-TV time. I try to regulate what I watch and how many hours. Especially now that I'm under deadline to get this current book written. Isn't it crazy how much time you can spend watching really good TV? And there are some very well-written shows that make a writer's brain spin and are completely addictive.

So, I've chose 2 shows for this summer.

First was:



Yes. I know. I go for the non-violent, heartwarming shows, don't I? Try violent, heart-pounding shows!! I realize 24 is probably not up most of your alleys, but I really do get involved with the gritty Jack Bauer. In fact, as I told another writer, I think every one of the heroes that I write summons some of the essence of Jack Bauer. Although, I haven't had one of my heroes torture any one. But one WAS guilty of murder.

Now I'm starting to watch:



Nothing like a little twisted Stephen King to mess up my brain this summer :) We've been recording it on DVR so we'll watch a few episodes to catch up and then finish out the summer with it. Just in time to type "The End" on my current book and take a break in September to wow myself with some season openers and then the tragedy of weeding out the ones I simply don't have time for. 

What's on your summer television?

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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite Pins for the Week

This week my Pinterest boards hit 2,500 followers. I have lots of fun pinning and sharing. I love it most for relaxing after work and for writing inspiration. Here are a few favorites from this week.
From my board:  Cup of Joe

 From my board: 19th Century Fashion

 From my board for writing inspiration: Characters

 From the board I use to inspire scenes: Scenes


Do you use Pinterest?
Post a link to your favorite boards to share.
What's your favorite use of Pinterest?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Report: BEHIND THE SCENES of CAPTURED BY LOVE

I have a confession.
Jody Hedlund will probably be officially wierded out after I air this publicly. But I've long since treasured her friendship. See? Wierd? Maybe. I'm not just a rabid fan, although I really try not to stalk her on Facebook. But she was one of the FIRST writers who took me under her wing and mentored me through a few crisis she may not even remember doing. Encouraging me, reassuring me, and all that fun stuff writers don't have time to do--but great writers do when they care. And Jody. Cares.

So I'm THRILLED to feature her today on her blog tour with a behind-the-scenes look in her newest release!! And I'm thrilled to report that Jody's book is a SIZZLER in one of my most favorite places in the world. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A lighthouse, adventure, a love triangle and a war. If that doesn't sizzle your summer, then you're made of something much stronger than ice!!
Keep reading--you'll have a chance to win a copy!

WELCOME JODY!


Behind the Scenes of Captured By Love
A Sizzling Romance: Pass Me a Fan!


Reviews of my previous books say things like:
"Hot Historical Romance!"
"The romance! I'm amazed I don't have scalded fingertips from smoldering pages. Toe-curling doesn't begin to describe it!"
"The author has a knack for writing a great kissing scene without it being too much."
"The romance was swoon worthy in every part."
"Jody is a master at making the reader feel the attraction between the hero and heroine. I could feel the attraction warm my own heart. I love that the romance is innocent and clean, a true Christian Romance."

With all of my books so far, most readers have enjoyed reading a clean romance that still has a bit of a sizzle. Captured by Love is definitely one of my most sizzling romances so far. You'll probably want to keep a fan handy when you're reading! Or a glass of ice cubes!

This is my first time writing a love triangle, and I had a lot of fun pitting two brothers against each other as they vie for the love of the beautiful heroine, Angelique Mackenzie.
Jean Durrant is the fair-haired younger brother. He takes after his American-born mother, is quiet, tender-hearted, and sacrificial. He's always adored Angelique and to help protect her from her evil step-father, he proposes to her and she accepts. He's loyal to the core, and so when the British invade Mackinac Island, Jean remains loyal to the American cause and thus is forced to leave the island and Angelique behind.

Pierre Durrant is the older brother with the dark good looks of his French fur-trading Father. He's a reckless, wild son, who ran away from home to live his own life. After being gone for many years, the prodigal finally returns to ask his family for forgiveness only to find that the conditions on the island have grown unbearable under the British rule. He also finds that his sweet childhood friend, Angelique Mackenzie has grown up into a ravishing beauty.

Of course Angelique cares deeply for both of the brothers. Each of them offers her something she desires. Kind, sweet Jean pledges her his deepest devotion and the stability of a home on the island she loves. But with the wild, adventure-loving Pierre, she finds passion unlike anything she's ever experienced.

Angelique is forced to make an agonizing choice between the two: the man who gives her the security she desperately longs for or the man who captures her heart with his friendship and love.
Readers will struggle alongside Angelique in the tough choice she must make. Will she stay on Mackinac Island with Jean and become a farmer's wife? Or will she give up her precious island home and the security it offers to become a voyageur's wife, something she's vowed she'll never do?

You'll have to read the book to find out who she chooses! How's that for a teaser?!

How about YOU? How much sizzle do you like in the books you read? In your opinion, how far is too far to take the sizzle?


Where readers can find me:
I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website: jodyhedlund.com
Or you're welcome to email me at: jodyhedlund@jodyhedlund.com

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling books, The Preacher's Bride, Unending Devotion, and A Noble Groom. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. 




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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

TBT: Abshire Mansion

A week ago I schedule a lunch date with my hubby to walk through a mansion open house in the town where I work. The mansion was sold to a community healthcare clinic and they opened it for an open house to help raise funds and awareness.

I just love old houses like this. 



I was amazed at the different fireplaces like this one in the main dining room.

Then this one in the servant's quarters upstairs.


And finally, this one in the carriage house.


Also, this is the doorknob to in the main entryway.


Compared to one upstairs.


And finally, a hand-hold type on in the carriage house on the stable door.


The staircase was lovely!


The radiators were unique.

And the sliding doors of the carriage house were even interesting.

We could still smell oats, and see where the grain had been stored.

The home was first built in 1852, but in 1872 a cyclone took the roof off and damaged the roof. In 1883 A.F. Wilden purchased the home and built a stone wall around the perimeter, which still stands. in 1903, retired Chicago businessmen bought the home and completely razed it to build a lovely 8,000 square foot home. He brought fine masons from Chicago, using stones from the hilly area north of Goshen. It wasn't until the 1920's that the home was sold to Goshen mayor, John O. Abshire and became known as the Abshire Mansion. The stable includes a box stall for the birth of colts, a tack room, and a blacksmith area, and is believed to be the original stable for the home. The home will be dedicated for Maple City Health Care Center in early 2015.

Do you have mansions in your hometown?
Have you visited them?

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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Presidential Homes

Whew! My husband and I are just back from a non-stop two-week vacation, and I almost feel as if I need another one to recover. We saw so many amazing things, learned so much history, everything from antebellum plantations to World War II battleships.

Our first stop along the way was in Springfield, IL, where we visited the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and the Lincoln Family Home.

This is the fourth Presidential Home I've visited.

The home of President and Mrs. Lincoln

My first Presidential Home was that of Dwight D. Eisenhower.






The boyhood home of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ike's house is in Abilene, KS, about 20 minutes from where I grew up, so I've seen it several times. School field trips, whenever relatives came to visit from out of town, and once with my boyfriend-now-husband.

A few years ago, I toured the Ulysses S. Grant home in Galena, IL. 
The Home of Ulysses and Julia Grant
Galena is a little out of the way, but if you ever have a chance to go there, take it! Nearly every building in town is on the National Register, and they are beautiful. Mansions everywhere, charming shops, friendly people.
The Grant home sits atop a hill overlooking the river and was a gift from the town to their favorite son. The county museum in town is well worth a visit, too, as it will fill in the gaps about how Grant arrived in Galena, his Civil War service, and information on the other SIX Civil War generals to come from the town of Galena, IL. (Including one Native American.)


Two years ago, my husband took me to see the home of Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN.


Benjamin Harrison House
This house is stunning, inside and out. Broad porches, curving spiral staircases three stories high, amazing woodwork and heavy, baroque furniture. Our docent during this tour was new and had memorized EVERYTHING you could possibly say during a tour and told us all of it. :) The one hour tour took more than two hours, and it was great. 

Each home was different, each reflecting the decorative tastes of the lady of the home. Eisenhower's was the only boyhood home, the rest being the adult homes of their owners. Some had common links, such as the Harrison and Grant homes each having a piece of the Lincoln Presidential china from the White House, and all of the homes having at least one room (and in the case of Lincoln and Grant many, many) rooms with hideous wallpaper. :)

Have you ever visited a Presidential Home? If so, which one(s)?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What is Your Latest Discovery?


I have discovered slippers. I'm not sure why this is such a momentous occasion, but it is. Perhaps it's because my feet are toasty warm and encased in velour covered foam. Cheap slippers. Walmart slippers. WHITE slippers. White is a luxury color, because it gets dirty oober quick. Walmart isn't luxury in the slightest - so why does it feel luxurious?

Over time, I had been convinced that slippers were for old people. I would see pink, bunny-faced slippers on little old ladies at the nursing home and think it sad that cartoon-style slippers were their only spot of sunshine in the day. Old men, playing BMX in their wheelchairs with slippery soled slippers, would bring a smile to my face and a distinct picture in my mind that was bittersweet and slippered. Slippers were for old people.

And then, my sister-in-law crushed my stereotype when she wore a pair of slippers at BIBLE StUDY of all places. yes. Bible Study. She said it was more important to her that her feet be warm than for her to look glamorous. I wasn't worried about glamour, I was just concerned that she'd been lying about her real age! Needless to say, Bible study was held at my house and she decided to leave an extra pair under my couch so she could wear them every week she came over. Funny thing happened - they jumped onto my feet on a cold winter night a week ago and didn't want to come off!

So, with sideways glances and hoping I wasn't followed, I hurried to my local Wally World to pick up a cheap pair to see if I really wanted to associate myself with the ninety year old lady in bunny slippers. I DO! I DO!! I REALLY REALLY DO!!! My father always said to learn from the older generation, because they have much to teach us about life. I am sorry for doubting your wisdom old lady with the bunnies on your feet - old man doing wheelies in your wheelchair. And, I am sorry sister-in-law, for thinking you were older than you really are ...

What has been your most recent discovery to change your way of life?


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Spirited and gritty turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Youth leader. Professional Coffee Drinker. Works in HR and specializes in sarcasm :) - Represented by: Books & Such Literary Agency

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Historic Destination Vacation: Gettysburg

Winner of Cindy Thomson's "Annie's Stories" is: KAREN G.!

First, let me preface this post: I'm not a Civil War know-it-all, nor will I pretend to be one. Please kindly overlook any historical errors. I do love history and champion the correctness of remembering it, but this post is dedicated to a summer vacation destination: Gettysburg.

Summer is a wonderful time for family vacations and it's often tough to find a destination that suits the entire family. Gettysburg offers something for everyone in the family, whether it's a good history lesson, a driving, tour, or some good eating and fun shopping.

In 2010, we stayed the Lightner Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast, a federal style home built in 1862 that served as a temporary hospital for Union soldiers.


Perhaps Annie Etheridge even worked here while the house was used as a hospital.


We had a lovely breakfast.

...and occupied the attic rooms. 


The next morning we started a driving/walking tour while we listened to the history on a CD in the car. We could stop and look, moving at our own pace, which is great for families. You can check this link before you make a trip: Park Map and Guide


Each stop is marked with a marker and reading information, but the CD would tell about it between the markers. Even the trees still bare evidence of scars from the battle.


When we got weary on the tour, we stopped for lunch and the second day we spent inside the museum. There is nice information for each state.


The traditional soldiers gear pack was much heavier than our son had figured. 


Today the battlefields are serene. One could nearly imagine the clouds were canon smoke. It was said the stench and the flies were terrible, that is hard to imagine today.


This year marks nearly150 years from the end of the Civil War. It is thought by many that the three day battle in July, 1863, was the turning point in the war. At the time, Gettysburg was home to 2,400 residence and after the battle ended they were left with 22,000 dead and wounded soldiers and 5,000 dead horses. Let us celebrate the freedom we've gained and not forget another man's loss.

Are you heading on a vacation this summer?
What historic vacation destinations have you loved?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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