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Celebrate National Read a Book Day with Cards & a Giveaway!

I love to read! How about you? 

In fact, my love of reading led to my desire to become a writer. One author’s words changed my life. 

But reading and writing aren’t my only loves. I’m a creative who loves to play with words, photos (scrapbooking), and fibers–paper and yarn. Crafting is my therapy. Cheaper than a weekly visit to a counselor, and a lot healthier than chocolate…although, chocolate is involved when I’m crafting with friends.

As someone who loves books, words, and paper, I figured the best way to celebrate National Read a Book Day was by stamping a set of cards. I was inspired by cards I’d found on Pinterest that led me to Pink Paper BakeryUsing her card as inspiration, I dug through my box of scraps (filed by color in a photo box from Michael’s) and pulled out five coordinating papers in 8 color families to make this set of 8 cards.

I used white cardstock cut at 8.5″x 5.5″ and folded as my base and then I added a cream-colored layer cut at 5.25″x4″. Each stack of books is bound together and tied with a tag that reads, “hello, my friend” from the Stampin’ Up! Tap Tap Tap stamp set. If you would like complete instructions on how to create these cards, contact me and I’ll send you the PDF tutorial.  

What better way to celebrate National Read a Book Day than to recommend a great read?!? Here are new releases from some of my favorite authors:

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make  an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

Their Ranch Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus

Single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she’ll have to share ownership of the home she’s inherited with her first love—and first heartbreak—Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman, Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly’s too stubborn to persuade—and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move into their shared property, Andrew’s in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide: leave and chase another deal…or stay and chase Carly’s heart.

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To help you celebrate National Read a Book Day, I’m giving away this set of 8 cards and a $10 Amazon gift card to one reader! This contest is open to US residents only, and it ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. To enter the giveaway, click here to sign up: ENTER NATIONAL READ A BOOK GIVEAWAY. The winner will be announced on my Facebook Author Page next Wednesday. 

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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Rachel Hauck

Writer Spaces Wednesday

I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ spaces. Some of my writer friends have beautiful offices. Others frequent their favorite Starbucks, Panera, or local libraries to write. Some write at their kitchen tables or living rooms. Because I love to see where others create, I’ve started Writers’ Spaces Wednesdays.

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MePhotoBooth4I met Rachel Hauck at ACFW in 2008, I believe. I have the honor and privilege of calling her mentor and friend. She speaks such Truth into my heart. Her laugh is infectious, and she has a beautiful singing voice. She lives her life full of joy.

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Find her online at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Rachel, so thrilled to have you today. Tell us about your writing space. 

I love my writing space. It’s a two story, octagon shaped room off the back of our house. Hubby works on the bottom floor, me on the second. There’s a copula at the top that lets in all the light. The floors and trim are hardwood, and tucked up under the ceiling is a strand of multi-colored LED lights. The room was designed by a friend of ours who so generously “gave it up” when he returned to work at Pixar.

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It’s gorgeous! What makes it special for you?

The space is beautiful. Warm and inviting. When I sit at my desk, I can see the leafy green trees of the backyard so it’s almost like working in a tree house!

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I love the way the sunlight caresses your desk. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

All of it makes me smile!

I can see why. What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

Maybe something to drink. A lot of times I put on worship music in the back ground to get started. But it’s not a must-have. My biggest must-have is the determination to get the job done for the day!

You’re one of the most determined writers I know. Share a typical writing day.  

I usually work out in the morning, have time with the Lord, take care of errands, or household chores before getting down to work. My goal is to be upstairs, back-side in the chair by Noon. Usually there some ratting around on email and social media before getting down to work. Once focused, I can write 2000 words in a few hours. But some how it seems to require a bunch of “drifting” and “day dreaming” involved.

I totally hear you on the daydreaming. If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

I might have a mountain view but I love my writing space. I’m very happy!

I’d be very happy in your space, too. Tell us a little about your latest release.

How to Catch a Prince_KD1How To Catch A Prince is the third in the Royal Wedding Series looking at the life of a Prince and an American Heiress. This book is a bit darker than the others as I delved into the effects of war both hero and heroine are dealing with. There’s a fun fairytale story thread that kind of sews it all together. I think it’ll be a fun read for royal fans.

Rachel, thank you for giving us a peek inside your writing world! Readers, would you prefer a beach view or a mountain view for your writing space?

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