****DRUM ROLL**** The first quotes from SHADES OF BLUE! (Due out May 2015)
And one more…
This is my first time sharing these quote graphics with the world–I’d LOVE to hear what you think about them! Hop on over to Facebook and let me know, won’t you?
Please join me in welcoming author Marshanne Mishoe as a guest on my blog today!
The weather has sucked recently. Everywhere you look there is snow, ice or some form of frozen precipitation. All the news reports are talking about it. Ditto with all the radio stations. What makes this even worse is the fact that the power has gone out in a lot of places, leaving us cold in our homes. Combine that with the fact that school has been canceled for most of the week and you’ve got a pretty dire situation.
But among all this stress and discomfort that the cold weather has caused, we can choose to stop and find beauty in the situation. Just look at the ice covered trees with the sun shining through the crystals. It is strikingly gorgeous! The still, quiet of the nearby woods is a great respite from the chaos swirling in my cold home. When the wind blows there’s a tinkling as the bare branches brush up to one another.
Back to that cold home. The power outage has left us with no TV, no lights and no way to charge cell phones. But from the “blessing in disguise” category, we have found other ways to spend our time. We have cooked on our gas-top stove, using matches to start it. We have had, for the first time ever, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, a meal I traditionally save for lunch. But this simple supper was such a comfort to us all and seemed to warm our souls. Then the five of us gathered by candlelight and played a game of Monopoly. Watching my children’s shadowed faces laughing and teasing each other was beautiful to me.
The cold weather has actually spawned a new feeling of community among some of us as well. Upon hearing a teacher’s plea that some of the children from her school would be low on food, while missing the meals they normally get at school, a local restaurant owner jumped in to help. He offered over 60 pizzas to teachers, who then went door to door to some of their at-risk students and made the deliveries. Dimitri is his name and he owns a nice restaurant called Giorgio’s. You’ll have to eat there whenever you’re in this part of North Georgia.
I know the super-cold weather has been a pain, but if each of us stops and takes the time to look, we will see the beauty peeking through.
ABOUT The Mind of a Child
Two eras, two women, one story of strength and love.
1940: When Jessa gives birth to her youngest son, instinct tells her all’s not well. Her husband and doctor are keeping something from her, but what?
2007: Willa adjusts to her new job serving as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. At first she balks at the work she has to do – often involving bathroom issues and tantruming children. As she grows into the job, she comes to truly love her students, even as she learns that things aren’t all that they seem within her own family.
The Mind of a Child paints a vivid picture of contrasting times, disparate perceptions, and the women who shaped them. As they rely on their wits, family, and growing faith in God, their stories intertwine, teaching them that love can overcome any challenge.
ABOUT Marshanne Mishoe
The Mind of a Child is Marshanne Mishoe’s first novel. She started her writing career back in the mid 1980’s as a television news reporter and anchor. She worked at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina for the better part of a decade, and before that she had a two-year stint as a writer and producer for SC-ETV’s satellite branch in Beaufort, SC.
Marshanne now makes her home just north of Atlanta. She lives with her husband, Steve, and their three kids, Jake, Spencer and Marishay. Their dog Millie would be highly incensed if she were left out, so she lives there too.
Visit Marshanne online at www.marshannemishoe.com.
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I appreciate every day in this life, I really do… That being said, many of y’all know I’m a solar-powered, warm weather gal and, well, this time o’ year in central Indiana isn’t often sunny or warm. *sigh*
Let’s just leave it at that, shall we? Nothin’ wrong with a good daydream…that lasts a couple months…
I am so proud to bring you the cover reveal for my friend Tess Thompson’s latest novel–isn’t it intriguing?!? I’m reading the ARC right now and can’t wait to share my thoughts with you soon. In the meantime, mark the date for Tess’ new release!
Duet for Three Hands
Author: Tess Thompson
Release Date: February 13th, 2015
A story of forbidden love, lost dreams, and family turmoil.
The first book in a new historical series from bestselling author Tess Thompson, Duet for Three Hands is equal parts epic love story, sweeping family saga, and portrait of days gone by. Set against the backdrop of the American South between 1928 and 1934, four voices blend to tell a tale of prejudice, fear, and love. The Bellmonts are the epitome of the rich and elite in Atlanta society, but behind the picture-perfect façade are hidden moments of violence and betrayal.
After marrying into the Bellmont family, Nathaniel, a former concert pianist who is nearly ruined by his wife’s unrelenting ambition and unstable mind, finds hope in the promise of his most recent protégé. His brother-in-law, artistic Whitmore Bellmont, and the maid’s daughter, Jeselle, have a secret relationship despite their drastically different circumstances and shades of skin. Unfortunately, most of the world disagrees with their color blindness.
All four lives intertwine on a collision course, threatening to destroy, or liberate, them all.
About the Author
Tess Thompson is a mother and writer. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Her creative life began as an actress, director and playwright but found her true calling in narrative fiction, specifically Women’s Fiction.
Learn more at http://tesswrites.com/
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I’m re-reading the very first of the In Death Series by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts. It’s been a *long* time since I started this series and with J.D. Robb about to release the 40th (!!) story, I was compelled to revisit where it all started with Roarke and Eve.
I adore these two almost as much as I adore Jamie and Claire. *sigh*
Good reads, folks, good reads.
2015…I stand amazed at the incredible times we live in.
This year promises to bring exciting things and I cannot wait to share them with you!
If you’re on Instagram or Flickr, do find me there, as I love sharing pics and often forget to post them here, relying instead on instant gratification I had a blast posting #everyhour photos on Instagram during our recent roadtrip.
As always, come over and join in the fun conversations over on Facebook!
While on a roadtrip to visit family, I’m doing a fun ‘photo every hour’ project over on Instagram–c’mon, tag along! (Find me on Instagram at danabsview)