So far, 2017 has been an interesting year. I bought a new car, and found myself seeking new employment. I’ve also spent time with my amazing son as well as many wonderful friends I’m blessed to have in my life.
With having a little more time on my hands, I’ve had the time to put the finishing touches on book two of the Eternal Journey Series, Cypress Groves.
I’m hoping to submit to my publisher by month’s end. It is a long time coming, for sure! Now that spring is upon us, it feels right that life is offering new changes and challenges.
I am looking forward to what lies around the corner for me. I am optimistic about the positive, hopeful things, while being realistic about possible ‘challenges’.
With the new friends I’ve gained over the last year, I’m excited about the opportunity to spotlight their new endeavors and happenings in their world.
Stay tuned for more coming news about Cypress Groves. It is a different story altogether from Lavender Fields, but stands on its own as a romance with a paranormal twist. You’ll see some special visitors and cameos from Lavender Fields, as well as great new characters, settings, and of course a new romance!
My mantra lately is You get what you choose to focus upon.
Right now, the sky is blue and the sun is shining.
Time to soak up some good rays and focus on good energy and changes.
With the holiday season among us, I thought I would reflect on another aspect of giving that spoke to me this year.
One day while at lunch, I saw a leaflet for the annual St. Jude’s Walk (Seattle), and was moved to get involved. I raised some money and got a couple of friends to walk with me, and it was a wonderful (if not soggy) experience.
I knew from then that I would rally and support this amazing cause. I stand behind the concept of stomping out childhood cancer. The idea that no family ever gets a bill, so they can focus on what’s important-being there for the child they so desperately want to live.
Then a celebrity favorite of mine hosts an event every year during Comic-con in San Diego. It’s free to the public to check out games, tech, charge phones and grab some food/drink. In addition, there’s the opportunity to have an informal/non-moderated panel discussions with various convention favorites (mostly actors, writers, producers, etc.) for a nominal fee. 100% of this fee goes to the incredible international charity – Operation Smile. Even fees from celebrity photo ops/signings go to this organization.
I decided to look more into Operation Smile. I watched videos, testimonials/stories from not only those who support this charity, but those who have benefitted from others generosity as well. It is mind-blowing that just $240 and about an hour can change the life of a child born with a cleft lip/palette FOREVER. Giving a child the gift of a smile! Many of these children are ostracized from their families. Not to mention the fact that infections and malnutrition are prevalent issues resulting in sad, unnecessary deaths.
Once again, I was brought to tears. I am proud to support these two worthwhile organizations. There are so many out there, so many meaningful and wonderful causes to support. I found two that spoke to me.
I hope to contribute more in the years to come to both St. Jude’sand Operation Smile. I firmly, with all my heart believe that
Every child deserves to live, and every child that lives deserves to smile.
May you create fond memories while living a life well lived. May you always laugh at yourself and love ’til your heart overflows.
If you find ANY organization that speaks to you, whether it’s for kids, animals, veterans, underprivileged neighborhoods or developing countries, whatever it is; let some of that overflow lead you to get involved.
We all know the saying, that some of the best things in life are free. True, and some things are free that are in the best interest of your life. Take my romance novel, Lavender Fields for example. (see what I did there!)
Wednesday, May 25th, on Amazon, you can get your free eBook copy and enjoy the journey of love, chance, and choices. You can get it ‘digitally signed’ as well.
Find out why readers are laughing, crying and fanning themselves over the story of Connor Donovan and Greye Fields. Can they overcome the obstacles to the love of a lifetime, or is tragedy doomed to be repeated?
Their journey is one they didn’t expect,but one that wasn’t done with them yet.
Enjoy the journey!
Cypress Groves – Book 2 of the Eternal Journey Series is almost finished!
It is my pleasure to invite to Raegyn’s World, the lovely and talented
Sara St. John
Sara is a wife, mother, author and good friend. I had the pleasure of asking Sara a few questions during her visit.
I’m so glad to have you here Sara! So tell us, what is the name of your book?
It’s called Beloved (Book 1).
That’s a great title. Is Beloved published, if so, with whom?
It is published by Lulu publishing.
And what type of story is Beloved, and what is it about?
It is an epic love story! (Those are the best kinds of love stories!) A young woman, Kira meets a boy in a most special (supernatural) way, in her dreams – at least she thinks they’re her dreams.
Whoa, OK! My curiosity is piqued! May we get an excerpt, pretty please?
Though my eyes were closed, I could see him perfectly like I had in my dreams. My hands caressed his coarse black hair at the base of his head. I could feel the radiance of his smile forming in the corners of his mouth as he kissed me.
It was as if the whole world stood still. He wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me closer to him. I couldn’t feel my legs anymore, and I was waging a war with my lungs trying to catch my breath again. I couldn’t hear anything else around us, just the sounds of our hearts beating.
So Sara, where did the inspiration for Beloved come from?
I had a dream similar to Kira’s, and felt compelled to write about it, and see where the characters took me.
Tell me, what inspired the beautiful cover for the book?
Oh, the woods… what mystery they’re filled with, so much life happens in the woods. Nothing like the smell of tall pines and earth.
Do you have a favorite ‘go to’ line or quote that inspires you?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13 That’s life without limitations!
What is one thing people may not know about you that you can share?
I am a night owl! My most productive hours are between midnight and 5 am, though I am generally tired by 8pm, because of my nutty life- I often feel most inspired well into the wee morning hours. I’ve been this way since I was a kid, it used to drive my parents nuts!
Well, what’s important is you acknowledge and take advantage of your productive hours! OK, now for the fun questions!
How did you and I meet?
Good ole Facebook, FWG I believe… (I believe you’re right. Good things come out of the many groups to be found on FB!)
If Hollywood cast your book into a movie, who would you see as your ‘dream’ cast of, and for which characters? Oh, for Michael I think we’d see a Zac Efron type guy. I think he would fit the part well.
But….is he a dream?
And for Kira, I think I’d envision a Kristen Stewart looking gal. Those are the two that pop into my head at first thought.
I think the silver screen version would do nicely with your casting ideas! Next question,
Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, who inspires you OR what’s a soundtrack for this book? I love listening to Bon Iver, very calming, very mysterious/ whimsical sounding. Soothing to my soul.
Nice. Not familiar with Bon Iver, but it’s good you have soothing soul sounds! Sidebar: Do you dance? Ha! I guess I used to, back-in-the-day… Gosh, it’s been a while ☺
Anyone who knows me, knows….it’s never too late to dance! (Alfonso Ribeiro/Carlton)
What is your guilty pleasure? (something you are passionate, or a nerd about) Healthy eating (when I’m behaving myself) sustainability, I would love to have a cabin in the woods with plenty of space to have a huge garden and at least some chickens. I would love to be able to make or grow the things we’ve become accustomed to buying in the store, cut out the middle man type thing.
That’s a great idea. I love to grow things, but not great at it! You garden, I’ll help pick!
Where can people find your books? Everywhere! Lulu, Barnes and Noble, Amazon… You know, the usual places.
Fantastic! Well, Sara, I wish you all the success in your writing adventures! Continue being the amazing woman you are!
Have you seen the beautiful cover? Have you heard about the story of Greye Fields? Do you know where you can get a free copy of the eBook?
No you say?
Let me help you with that.
Mark your calendars – Wednesday, May 25th (a mere 3 weeks from now), the romance novel that refuses to be pigeon-holed and type-cast as just a romance, will be FREE on Amazon or through Solstice Publishing!
Find out what has readers laughing, crying and fanning themselves about.
Lavender Fields is the story of Greye Fields and Connor Donovan. They come from vastly different backgrounds with not much in common except an inexplicable connection that neither can deny. Their love doesn’t come easy, and they find what brought them together may be that which keeps them apart.
There’s tension, racism, rivalry, and family at the heart of a story about a journey that doesn’t end quite the way it begins.
What if love found the right people at the wrong time?
21 days from today! May 25th
Get your FREE copy and enjoy the first book in the Eternal Journey Series.