Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Rocking Review tour of THE SECRET KEEPER

Whoot whoot! It's time for the first Secret Keeper entirely review Blog Tour! I'm so excited because we'll be jumping all over the globe to find out what reviewers think of the first Secret Keeper book. Of course there will be giveaways so check it out! Here's the schedule and I'll post the day's reviews next week as well! Happy Discovering and thanks for stopping by. Review Blog Tour for The Secret Keeper Thursday July 23 Friday July 24, 2015 Monday July 27th Tuesday July 28th Wednesday 29th Thursday 30th Friday

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Fussy Librarian and a Deal for You!

I'm excited to tell you that this week BECOMING BRYN is featured on THE FUSSY LIBRARIAN for a 99cent sale. The Fussy Librarian is an awesome site where you can sign up for a customized list of books that you read based on your personal preferences. For example if you prefer your reads to be squeaky clean, they filter based on what you consider "clean." They are also picky about reviews and quality. So fun. I get excited when I get my fussy librarian emails to discover new authors. You can check it out here
So what does that mean for awesome deal on a great summer read! The Becoming Bryn ebook for 99 shiny pennies. That's all! For the next week this story of twin sisters, one who dies and is mistakenly buried as her sister. Another who lives and must choose which life to take her own, or her sister's. If you could try out a new life, what would you do? I think it is a question we all ask ourselves at some point:) Here's the links. Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Smashwords Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

What I learned about Freedom from my Iraqi Neighbors

A few years ago I had a neighbor that really rocked my view of what freedom means. Under the rule of Saddam Hussein and in perilous circumstances she and her family fled to Egypt. She was only twelve years old at the time. In a country not their own, they lived in tents with dozens of others waiting to immigrate to the United States. In her eyes I saw the pain of that dark time as she calmly told me that twelve people in their extended family had been killed under Saddam’s reign of terror. Her voice rose as she described one particularly tragic death. Her cousin, while attending college, was pulled from his classes and shot on campus because he had spoken critically of the government in a public place. The day that Saddam’s regime was taken down and Saddam taken out of power she said they cheered out loud in their home. I’ve since reflected on her words, even compared them to my own feelings about my beloved United States. I’ve thought about how her children have never known the oppression that she faced. How her daughter can become anything she wants and her son, if he chose, could disagree with the government without fear of retribution or death. When I have these thoughts, I am ashamed that days go by that I don’t cherish the freedoms I enjoy. I feel angry at myself for not thinking of the men and women that molded and created what at first was called The Great Experiment. Even more importantly I am reminded of precious blood that has been spilt in defense of democracy. I know my government isn’t perfect. I know we have a long way to go, but thanks to my neighbor who so casually spoke of what she sacrificed to get here, I am reminded, even compelled to cherish the nearly unrestricted freedom that I have. I am sublimely grateful for my Iraqi, now American neighbor who is living proof that you can thrive when given the opportunity and freedom is worth the sacrifice to get it. I hope you enjoyed her story and for those of us in the U. S. Happy 4th of July!