Virtual Birthday Bash Mini Tour!

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

You are hereby invited to Aspen’s Virtual Birthday Bash June 15th-20th!

We just celebrated Lyndsay Tiller’s birthday on May 31st, but this week is the birthday of my main heroine, Aspen. She happens to share my birthday. lol! (I did that so I would always remember her birthday for consistency reasons throughout the series.)

So as we prepare to kick off the festivities, I will lay out the “mini-tour” schedule!

June 15th: Right here with me!   Noble Courage Spotlight: Meet the Cast!

June 16th:  Lady Jeriann Watkins    Price of Power Spotlight!

June 17th: Sir Seumas Gallacher   Tears of Penance Spotlight!

June 18th: Happy Birthday! Right here with me!  Salvation of the Forgotten Spotlight!

June 19th: Lady Cynthia Hepner    The Benevolent Light Spotlight!

June 20th: Right here with me!  Sneak Peek of The Key of the Kingdom!

In addition to the fun of jumping from blog to blog, I will be posting a character interview/background each day right here on my site!

I’m also hosting a Facebook event that will have fun games and prizes! So have a great time checking it all out! Let’s make this the BEST birthday celebration EVER!

And if you are still reading, Noble Courage will be FREE June 18th-20th! Don’t forget to grab it!

Never miss an event, promo, new release or bonus reading material! Join my Lords and Ladies Club, exclusive to my loyal readers! Just for becoming a member, I will send you a FREE short book- The Serpent Strikes: Tales of Elgolan No. 1.

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Trivia Time! We’re Having a Party!!

  

It’s been a little while since I’ve divulged any cool trivia about my writing. I thought this little ditty fit great!

My mom’s birthday, as you know from last week’s post, is coming up on the 31st of May. Yes, my books will be on sale that day. But something you may not know is that Lyndsay’s birthday shares that of my mother.

See, when I created Lyndsay, I patterned her after my mom. She was sweet and strong but beaten down by life, illness and loved ones that couldn’t understand how she felt inside.

There was a time when my mom was my best friend. She helped me through every pregnancy, every birth, and every adjustment to life with children. And as I sit back and think about it, a rift between us began to form when she moved away. I mean like across the state kind of moving. We could talk on the phone, but it wasn’t the same. I learned to live life without her.

I suppose there was some jealousy in me that she found a guy that treated her well and that she was head over heels with this sweetheart of hers. I was a single mother of four sons dating one loser after another. I worked late hours and saw little of my children. I grew lonesome and regrets shredded my soul. My mom was not there to pick up the pieces and show me how to repair my life.

My mom, bless her, started to struggle. So much, that I grew agitated that I couldn’t help her. After years of coaxing, we finally moved her back nearby. Just as Aspen felt she had saved her mother, so did I. I had a lot of anger inside at those who had hurt her so badly and left her damaged.

The moral of this story? Even though I wrote Noble Courage a long time before most of this happened, my mom’s journey has been eerily similar to Lyndsay’s. I created a mother for Aspen inspired by the mother I love so much. One who is strong but submissive, loving yet hardened. Sometimes I look at her and those pretty blue eyes scream at me that she is so tired and worn out. Both mothers are people to celebrate as we approach May 31st!

If you read Noble Courage and want to hear more about Lyndsay’s life, read The Tales of Elgolan. It will only be available in one book for a short time longer! In this book, you are entertained by the back story to Aspen’s parents in five short stories, each connected with the next. Get it on Kindle today and get ready for the big sale on the rest of The Aspen Series on May 31st!!

From the Record Book of Aspen Darktower: A Mother’s Love

  

Having just spent Mother’s Day with my sons, I felt the need to express the joys of motherhood and reflect on the sacrifices made by mothers all the time. I hope you enjoy this little piece of Aspen’s. When you finish, tell your mother you love her.

A mother’s love is God’s gift to a woman because He loves her so. A love unique to her that only she will know.
~ Aspen Darktower


“I take pause as I watch my little ones play at my feet. Our quarters are close here in Foxglove, so we see the children often. My heart fills with joy each moment I spend with them and it makes me wonder…Did my own mother feel this same sense of happiness as she watched me play?

There were so many things I never got to tell my mother and so few things we ever spoke about.

As my sons talk to each other in a language all their own, my mind wanders to the day my mother passed away. She finally appeared to have found peace despite the fact that her life was taken from her. Still, it was heartbreaking to say goodbye. It was unbearable to return her body to the earth.

There are days that I miss her smile. There was comfort there. There was love. I would give anything to sit with her again and have her brush my hair. I want to wrap her in my arms and offer her the safety within that circle. I wish I could kiss her cheek and feel the warmth of life.

I thought I’d have my whole life to share my love with her. I thought she would enjoy her grandsons. I never thought she would go so soon.

For my mother so loved me that she shielded me from the world. She could not shield me from my Da, so she protected me from everyone else. She loved me enough to insist that I better myself- that I learned from every experience, for she knew of my destiny. I can still hear her haunting words in my mind as I was whisked away from her so young, “Make me proud.”

I threw down upon my mother my feelings of hatred and anger. I lashed out at her with a forked tongue. Every drop of hurt in every tear I cried was wrongfully directed at my mother and Da. I was selfish; she was selfless.

I look at my little boys and I know if I had to endure that much hatred from them, I would be utterly destroyed. It is this realization that floods my soul with unimaginable guilt and plagues me with regret. Once that loved one is gone, there is no reconciliation. There is only the guilt.

And so I find myself in a position of motherhood. The love I feel for my children is overwhelmingly powerful and grows stronger each day. I marvel at my sweet creations and celebrate all that my mother did for me…and continues to do for me, even from the grave. A mother’s love knows no bounds, yet it binds a woman with a power no one else will ever experience. That is God’s gift to a woman because He loves her so. A love unique to her that only she will know.”

In light of the love between a mother and child, I will be having a sale on my books to celebrate my own mother’s birthday! Mark your calendar for May 31st! Noble Courage will be free and the rest of the series will be a steal at .99 each on Kindle! Happy birthday, mom!

 

My sister left, my mom middle, me right

 

Turn Open Wounds to Scars… 

 

photo found at tekegraph.co.uk



I have always loved Mary Poppins. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen that movie. The very thought of any person who could walk into a dysfunctional household and work miracles was quite attractive to me as a child.

Today, I came into a situation where I find myself resting on the couch and as I was flipping through the channel guide, Saving Mr. Banks had just started so I decided I would watch it for the third time. But I can see how much Helen Goff is much like me…even though her demeanor is a polar opposite…the depth of her emotions and her love of the characters from her memories is similar to me. Lol!

  • Reason 1: She adored her father as a child. Everything she did was in an effort to make him proud.

  • Reason 2: She is a lady through and through. She takes pride in her appearance and strives to always look the part.

  • Reason 3: Her writing is her form of therapy. So much of her pain is expressed through her books.

  • Reason 4: She loves her characters on a personal level. Those characters are very tangible and real emotions are attached to them.

  • Reason 5: Some very special people helped her to heal. Although she didn’t welcome the healing, certain people tolerated her and loved her enough to turn open wounds to scars.

Ms. Goff is highly respected in my mind. I truly admire her love for her father and also for her characters. I find her disdain for Walt Disney amusing and I wonder if I would throw fits over movie rights as she did. I can imagine the feeling of signing over my rights to someone and it scares me to death to let go of Aspen. I hope that when the time comes, I can hold my ground and go about it all with the same tenacity she did when she battled Walt for the perfect rendition of her world.


I want to send a heartfelt thank you to the very special people in my life that helped many of my wounds heal. Whether you just passed through temporarily or are a permanent fixture, I love you and adore you.

I’m so thankful God gave me the gift of stringing words together. If you are looking for the best love story since Romeo and Juliet, give Noble Courage a read. Thorne and Aspen will become your new BFFs. Book one is just the beginning…

Escaping To Cliffehaven



As I woke this morning, padded my way to the kitchen to make my breakfast, and greeted my sweet puppy dogs with a ‘good morning’, I looked out my window and was immediately reminded of the Washington coast. The high clouds that filled the sky filtered the sunshine that fell so soft on the pine tree in my front yard that the needles looked vibrant and alive. If I closed my eyes, I could almost hear the sound of waves crashing over the beach, the smell of the salt water was not far from my memory.


And as it usually happens, my thoughts then turned to Aspen and where I had left her the last time I worked on her story. She was sitting calmly between the stone teeth atop Cliffehaven’s castle. War weighed heavily on her mind as she watched the village below her wake up. It was a cloudy morning, much like the one I was staring out at. She could hear the waves crashing on the cliffs and memories flooded her mind of the crescent shaped beach and the hidden garden of Eden where she had married Thorne. The sound of the waves brought her more comfort than disdain.

It felt like yesterday that Thorne had whisked her away on the king’s orders, to places she’d never imagine had existed, and places that were far from the sea. It was a sound she missed while they were away and it was the sound of the waves that welcomed them home again.

And so my fingers itch to tap into her life again and although war is looming over her, I miss her so much and look forward to moving forward beside her until the series ends. She may feel fearful in her cloudy morning but I feel hopeful in mine.

Are you just meeting Aspen through these posts? Get to know her better in Noble Courage

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