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An October Bride

The first time I ever heard the phrase “bucket list” was when that movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman came out in 2007. I have no idea if that phrase was a thing before that movie or not, but I do know since time immemorial, people have been making them.

Maybe we don’t write them down. Maybe the list is simply something we’ve considered in our minds. But I think we all have at least one or two things we’d like to do before we “kick the bucket”.

It could be a place you want to travel or a relationship you want to mend or a big goal you want to achieve or a milestone you want to reach or any number of random or not-s0-random things.

I know I have them.

And so does one of the character’s in my very first novella, An October Bride.

In fact, this bucket list–which is accidentally discovered by main character, Emma Tate–instigates the entire story.

So I thought, since said story releases tomorrow (cue major excitement and nerves!), that it would be fun to talk about our bucket lists today.

What would be one or two things on YOUR bucket list?

An October Bride releases tomorrow, September 23, on e-book and audio book wherever e-books and audio books are sold. It will release in paperback format in conglomeration with A September Bride by Kathryn Springer and A November Bride by Beth Vogt in an omnibus titled Fall Brides. If you want to learn more about the story, please visit the An October Bride page on my website. I’d love to introduce you to Jake Sawyer, Emma Tate, and the quirky town of Mayfair, Wisconsin. I had such a fun time writing their story!

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A Fall Love Affair

fall leaves

Fall is my favorite.

Never mind what comes after. We won’t talk about that now. (This is a happy place.)

For now, we will strictly focus on FALL and all that is lovely.

The vibrant leaves on the trees.

The air turning crisp.

The scent of burning leaves.

Pumpkin spice coffee creamer.

Bags and bags of candy corn in the candy aisle at the grocery store.

Pumpkin patches and hay rack rides and jack-o-lanterns.

Apple orchards and sweatshirts and jeans and the crunch, crunch, crunch of leaves under my sneakers.

Hot chocolate in styrofoam cups at Friday night high school football games.

Wrapped up under a down comforter with the window cracked just enough to let in the nighttime chill and the haunting sound of train whistles in the distance.

Yep, I love fall. Love it down to my bones.

Maybe that’s one of the reasons I had so much fun writing my upcoming novella, An October Bride (releases September 23rd). It takes place during two of my favorite months (September and October) in northern Wisconsin, and includes many of my favorite fall-season things listed above. I can’t wait to introduce you to Emma Tate and Jake Sawyer!

An October Bride

Until then…

What’s YOUR favorite thing about fall?

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Why Hello There!

It’s hard to believe that the bare-feet, sunscreen-on-our-noses, pool-side days are behind us. Kids are back to school with new backpacks and sharpened pencils, ready to learn. Air conditioners are turning off. Windows are opening. Leaves are starting to change. Stadium lights are shining on Friday nights. Candy corn’s in the candy aisle. And ever so slowly, the air’s turning crisp.

I love summer. But man, do I loooooove fall.

Since I’ve been away these past couple of months, I thought we’d catch up by taking a look in our rear view mirrors (what we’ve been up to over the summer), and then turning our eyes toward the horizon (what’s up ahead). Sound good? Good!

My Rear View Mirror High Lights

I traveled to Washington D.C. to talk to our congressman and representatives about the legally adopted children stuck in Congo, our daughter included.

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Ryan and I put together our little girl’s room, a task that has filled us with hope and expectancy.

Salima bedroom 2

Salima bedroom 1

I finished content edits for my fourth novel, The Art of Losing Yourself, which will release in April, 2015. It was a labor of love, I tell ya.

I wrote an adorably romantic novella for a second Year of Weddings series by Zondervan, set to release in October, 2015.

I joined Toastmasters.

I visited book clubs and read books and went on bike rides and ate a lot of ice cream and have been attempting to learn French and, and, AND!

I sent my son off to kindergarten!

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I have no idea how we got here already, but here we are. My baby boy is growing up. His two bottom loose teeth are proof.

What’s on the Horizon

My very first novella, An October Bride, releases in three short weeks! I’m smitten with this story, y’all, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Check back next week and there will be some bonus features up on the page. The page is a little sparse at the moment. (In random news…one of my friends saw the cover and thought the bride was standing beside a bare-chested man. I couldn’t see what she was talking about at first, but then she explained how she was seeing it and voila! I SAW IT TOO! In fact, every time I look at my beautiful cover I see it and giggle a little. If you’re seeing it too, rest assured. That is her arm. Not male pectoral muscles.)

An October Bride

At the end of this month I will be boarding a plane for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to spend some time with THIS cutie.

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Oh, my heart. I cannot wait. I have some adoption-related tasks to accomplish while I’m there. Mostly, I’m just excited to have her in my arms again. People ask if I will be bringing her home this time. There is a remote possibility. God would have to perform a CRAZY miracle, but there’s a chance it could happen. If you want to join us in praying for that miracle, please do! I know God is powerful enough to make it happen if it’s His plan. But I also know that if the miracle doesn’t happen, His grace will get us through.

When I return, I’ll rest up a bit and then I’ll take off for Indiana, where I’ll be speaking at the Indiana Faith and Writing conference, and teaching a workshop too. If you’re looking for a cheap writing conference to attend, this is a great one to sign up for! I’d love to see you there.

What about YOU? What’s in your rear view mirror? What’s on your horizon?

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