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Game of Thrones is BACK!

Highlights of Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 This post is dark and full of spoilers. See below for my OMG moments from the season premier of GOT7. Daenerys Targaryen has landed in Westeros. Ugh. I really would have liked Dany better if she decided to abandon her quest for the iron throne and... Continue Reading →

Tribute to my Grandfather

My grandfather, Robert Stahlhut, passed away last weekend at age 96. I cannot express how kind a man he truly was, and how much I hope to model his love and commitment to family and faith. I knew him all my life and I never heard an unkind word from his mouth, nor heard anyone... Continue Reading →

30 Before 30 Update

In April, I posted a 30 Before 30 List, a detailed collection of goals I'd like to accomplish before I turn 30. I'm pleased to say that 2 months into my 4-year challenge, I have made progress on a number of goals. Check them out: 1.  Pay off the mortgage. Ted and I continue to... Continue Reading →

You Should Be Reading This Book

Dear readers, friends, and family: if you are interested in fantasy fiction even a little, this series in the next big thing. I haven't been this absorbed in a YA novel since Hunger Games. How I came to read this book: I received my signed copy from book expo earlier this month. I had never... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Black Bird of the Gallows

How I came to read this book I received my advance reading copy of Black Bird of the Gallows at Book Expo America. I was first drawn to it by the appealing cover, and by the exuberant smile of the author, Meg Kassel, who performed a signing at the Entangled Publishing booth. I believe this... Continue Reading →

Book Expo: The Free Books!

I discovered something at Book Expo America 2017. I have a problem. As far as problems go, it isn't so serious. It's unlikely to derail my life or cause major hardship. Except that it may cause me to have shoulder, back, knee, and feet problems in the future. Here it is: I cannot resist free... Continue Reading →

Book Expo America 2017

  I am very excited to share that for the first time ever I attended Book Expo in New York City last week with Genevieve Raas. This trip was not only my first Book Expo, but my first time in New York. Going into it, I had no idea what to expect. I brought copies... Continue Reading →

Finding “Inspiration” for That Novel

Inspiration. That elusive muse which seems to elude every writer when they need it most. Many a writer has wasted months and years awaiting the arrival of it, only to be thwarted by time and life. Let me start by saying this: Inspiration is a LIE. "Inspiration" is an excuse writers use to excuse their... Continue Reading →

30 Before 30

My twenty-sixth birthday came and went this month. It's that monumental age when... I don't know, I'm ineligible to be on my parents' insurance? That's the only milestone I can attach to that age. Regardless, 26 is no small achievement. Over a quarter of a century has passed since my birth, which prompted me to create... Continue Reading →

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