Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: Feudlings in Sight by Wendy Knight

My super awesome friend Wendy is revealing her cover for Feudlings in Sight, a Fate on Fire short story, today. I LOVE this cover. I was a huge fan of Feudlings cover, and this one is just as awesome. Can't wait to read the book!

Astraea Press is celebrating their first cover reveal; Wendy Knight's Fate on Fire novella, Feudlings in Sight! Available Thursday on Astraea Press, Amazon, and all other major ebook retailers!
Blurb: Boys of war suck at romance. Charity Delyle has lived in the shadow of her Prodigy cousin and his powerful Guard since the day she was born. And she doesn’t mind—really. Except that being in Hunter’s shadow means that he can’t see her. And she’d like that to change. Hunter has one purpose in life: Protect the Prodigy, or die trying. That means a social life, school, and even Charity come last until the war is over. For the most part, he’s okay with that—he can lose everything if he has to…except his seer. Starting at a new school should be much safer than living in a war-ravaged Carules headquarters. But this new school is different than the others. Friendships are forged and destinies are questioned, and Hunter’s decision could cost them all everything they’ve been hoping for.

Excerpt: “Okay, do you want to practice the ones we learned last week or just start new ones?” She had carefully color-coded the spell book with sticky tabs — spells they had mastered, spells they had practiced, spells that would come in handy one day — she was very organized. And if the Council ever found out she put sticky tabs in a book that was over three hundred years old, they would kill her completely dead. “Learn as much as you can, Shane. Gonna be hard to find a place to practice in the mountains of Utah, surrounded by Normals.” Hunter idly traced spells in the air, letting them fizzle and die without igniting them. “Well, alright.” Charity flipped to the red section — spells that would come in handy one day. She started at the top. “This one is called an Al-able.” The odd word rolled awkwardly off her tongue. “It’s like… it looks like it’s sort of a flat triangle of flames.” Hunter and Shane both walked over, studying the spell in the book before tracing it slowly into the air. The spell wouldn’t actually ignite until they lit it with the flames roiling through their blood, but they both wanted to make sure they could do it correctly so as not to explode them all to pieces or something. “No, no, Hunter. Less harsh lines. Softer.” Charity glanced down at the page and then up at Hunter’s disaster of an attempt. Sighing she laid the book on the metal next to her and pushed herself to her feet. She took Hunter’s hand, trying hard to ignore the way her own blood seemed to explode into flames. There’s no magic there, she told herself harshly. “Like this.” She led his hand through the spell until the air smoked and the image burned in front of them. She looked up, got caught in his gold eyes. He watched her, an unreadable look on his face. It made her heart stutter in her chest. Before he could say anything she dropped his hand. “Now try it on your own. I can’t do everything for you, you know.” Charity grinned playfully, dodging out of the way as he tried to push her over. She rescued the book from the twisted metal and perched, watching them expectantly. “Go. Do something.” Shane rolled his eyes. “Give the girl a book and she’s suddenly the boss.” He moved away several feet so he wouldn’t accidentally ignite her. He’d done it before, and Charity didn’t relish the idea of it happening again.

BIO: Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera, etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S. You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.

Twitter: @wjk8099
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyKnight
Blog: www.writethroughthenoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7009940.Wendy_Knight
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

100th Post

Oh my gosh, I can't believe it's my 100th post! I feel like I should do something fun for this post...how about 100 random facts about me?

Nah. I'm not that interesting a person. Better make it 10 facts.

10 Random Facts about Lindzee

1. My name is really Lindzee Armstrong, but my first name isn't legally spelled L-i-n-d-z-e-e. That particular spelling I came up with in 5th grade, because it would "look cooler on bookshelves." (Seriously, that was my reasoning back then.) Anyway, I fell in love with the spelling and it stuck! My parents spell it that way, I sign things that way, and it was even like that on my wedding invitations. But I've never changed it legally.

2. My favorite color is pink. I love it. Like LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Kind of a cliche, but it's an awesome color, so I don't care. It's gotta be a bright pink, though. None of these pastel/rose/blush hues of pink.

3. I've been to 11 countries outside of the United States, and I've been to 35+ states. I don't know an exact state count because we traveled a lot when I was a baby too, and my parents don't always remember if I was with them. I adore traveling, and have been very blessed to do a lot of it. My all-time favorite place I've been is Paris.

4.  I graduated from college with my associates degree a full 5 months before graduating from high school. This got a lot of eye raises when people read over my resume at job interviews.

5. I've never kissed anyone but my husband.

6. I'm obsessive about alphabetizing things...books, movies, etc. My fiction books are all alphabetical by the last name of the author, then by the title within that author.

7. I have to have the clothes all facing the same way on their hangers or I lose my mind.

8. I LOVE chocolate. Probably even more than I love the color pink. I think that defiling chocolate with nuts should be a crime punishable by vegetables. You know those girls who are really really really crazy about chocolate? Times that by a zillion and you've got me. Except for white chocolate. Because that's not even real chocolate.

9. I really don't like nature. Or dirt. Or bugs. Or anything outside, really. My idea of "nature" is green concrete. I'm really a city girl at heart.

10. I always thought I'd grow up to be a high school English teacher, but after watching the movie National Treasure in junior high, I realized I loved history enough to double major. When hubby and I got engaged, we decided in the interest of starting a family I should pick one major or the other. I ended up adoring history and not really digging English, so I dropped the English major and stuck with history. I've never regretted it either!

ONE HUNDRED POSTS!!!

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Tuesday in Twinland

So I'm swamped. Make that completely buried. The edits on Wishing on Baby Dust are a lot more intensive than I had anticipated, and I'm really going to have to get my butt in gear in order to meet my self-imposed September 1st deadline for submitting.

I wouldn't stress so much, except the full was requested in May. And I told her I thought I could get it to them in 4 months. And mid-September will be 4 months. She told me she didn't care if I took longer, and that she would rather I take the time to make the book as good as it could be. And I am going to do that. I'm not sending this book in before I feel it's as good as I can make it.

But I really want to get this book finished and sent in while our conversation is still semi-fresh in her mind. I really want this book to be submitted. I really want it out there in the world, for people to read and hopefully love.

So Tuesdays in Twinland is taking a week off while I try to finish up this round of edits and get it sent off to the second round of beta readers. My awesome husband is taking tomorrow off work so I can spend the whole day editing. The best part? I didn't even have to ask him. He is a definite keeper.

TWIM MOM TIP: Sometimes you can't do everything and something has to be pushed to the backburner for a few days. And that's okay.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Guest Post: The Deception of Devin Miller by Kelly Martin

I am so happy to have Kelly on my blog today to talk about her new book, THE DECEPTION OF DEVIN MILLER. I have to say this book looks fantastic and I can't wait to read it!
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I want to thank Lindzee for having me on her blog today. I’m so excited to talk about my new book, THE DECEPTION OF DEVIN MILLER, and a few things you might not know about the book.

THE TOP FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEVIN MILLER

1)    She has amnesia. (I know. Might be an overused ‘plot device’ but, honestly, it was harder to write than I thought it would be. Love the final product though. :) )

2)    She is more attracted to Trey, the sort of candy striper, than her boyfriend, Cooper.

3)    Her dad is a powerful agent on Music Row.

4)    The media loves Devin’s scandal.

5)    Her best friend, Kalynn, has a big secret!

There is it. I hope you check it out. If you get it, let me know how you liked it. Good, bad, and ugly. I have to say, though, it’s one of my favorite books. :)

What’s Devin about? One month ago, seventeen year old Devin Miller wrecked while intoxicated— or so she’s told by the sightly ticked off blue-eyed boy when she wakes up from a coma. The only thing Devin remembers is the darkness holding her down and the voices--some happy, some upset, and one very agitated. She can't remember her name, her age, where she lives, or who in the world the blue-eyed boy is. But he knows her and against her better judgment, she offers to pay him for his memories so she can trick the ones closest to her into thinking she's fine. 

That is her first mistake.

When Devin gets home, the deception is harder than she thought. People she doesn't know keep talking to her. Trey (the blue-eyed boy) doesn't show up like he said he would. And the police want to talk to her about her involvement with the car accident. Plus she keeps seeing flashes of the wreck, but none of them make sense. What would a red plastic cup have to do with anything? And why can't she seem to trust the people she is supposed to trust the most?

Facing DUI charges for a wreck she can't recall, Devin fights to remember exactly what happened the night of the crash: something the real driver desperately wants her to forget permanently.

Who is really doing the deceiving?



 
AUTHOR BIO: Kelly Martin a southern girl who writes... a lot. She is the author of SAINT SLOAN and Grace Award winning, CROSSING THE DEEP. By day, she is a special education preschool teacher. By night, she has her hair in a bun and her fingers on a keyboard. She loves God, is addicted to chocolate, and would rather write than sleep. Kelly loves a good mystery and believes in Sherlock Holmes.
She's also on twitter: https://twitter.com/martieKay

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesdays in Twinland: Childproofing

Sometimes navigating all the child locks in our house feels like trying to escape from a prison. Not that I feel trapped in my home or anything. It's just that the twins are crazy. Like REALLY wild and crazy. And since they became mobile last year, we've been slowly locking down every part of our house you can imagine, just to retain our sanity and (hopefully) preserve their safety...

And so here is a photo montage with explanations for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

First thing the twins discovered were electrical outlets, as I'm sure is true of most kids. These are the types of child locks we have on things we have to plug in...lamps, power cords, etc. This is so they can't unplug and attempt to plug things into the outlet. Which they love to do. If you don't believe me, just try to keep them away from the nightlight in their bedroom (which can't have this type of lock for obvious reasons).

We have a central vac system in our house. Apparently it is hilarious to open and close the covers where you plug in the vacuum. The covers are spring-loaded to automatically shut, since if a cover isn't closed, the vacuum won't work. Ditto if you break one of the covers. Since these are so fun to play with--and since the twins so frequently break things--they all have child locks on them.

Of course we have regular outlet covers for everything else.

I don't know what it is about the toilet that is so fascinating, but my kids love to play in them. And I'm a paranoid enough mother that I'm terrified they'll drown in them. Enter toilet locks. We're already on our second lock in one of the bathrooms because they broke the first. But after a week of no lock--and constantly trying to keep them from playing in the toilet--I decided it was worth it to spent $10 on another one.

We have lever-handle doors throughout most of our house. The plus side is they make locks for these now! The down side is they cost a lot more. Note to self: never buy a house with lever locks. Not only can kids open these kinds of doors much sooner, but they're a lot more money to childproof.

Oven locks. We're currently on our fourth--or is it fifth?--one. We've tried three different kinds. An oven lock is a necessity, which is why we keep buying them. Otherwise I can't cook anything with the twins around because they're constantly opening the oven while food is baking. Scary! And not great for whatever I'm baking. And on that vein...I can only use the back two burners unless someone is home to keep the twins in the other room. They can reach the top two. With two of them and one of me with a boiling pot, the odds aren't good otherwise.


We had to find a lock for the drawer under the oven, too. Speaking of which...the twins now stand on that little lip between the over drawer and actual oven. And they're getting dangerously close to being able to reach the back burners when doing that. You think they would learn what "ouch" and "no" means. You think after the thousandth time I put them in timeout, they'd stop doing it.


A fridge lock. Absolute necessity. Not only does it save me from worrying about them getting into the fridge, I don't have to worry about them getting in and then not closing it all the way, thus spoiling all the food in the fridge.

We've got exterior doors that we have to have these kinds of locks on. Now the twins are tall enough to reach the deadbolt, so I have to constantly check to make sure they haven't unlocked doors. Once they figure out the child locks, I don't know what we'll do.

We have locks on all cupboards and drawers in both the kitchen and bathrooms. So far they've broken two of them. Since it's stuff that's just annoying for them to get into, but not dangerous, I haven't replaced them yet.

The biggest childproofing change we had to make was in the living room. Once upon a time, back before the twins were mobile, it looked like this. Notice how spick and span it is, with a complete lack of toys lying around.

And then the twins started crawling. And suddenly, all those cords behind the television were great fun to play with and chew on. And I spent all day, every day, keeping them from those cords. And trying to stop them from opening and closing the DVD player. And preventing them from shoving toys into the VCR (yes, we still have one). So we rearranged the entire room, so that the TV was on the wall all the TV hookups were on. And we enclosed the open TV stand so they couldn't get to the components. And I pretty much have given up on cleaning up toys more than once a day, at night after they're asleep.

And then we bought earthquake straps and fastened the TV to the wall, so they couldn't pull it over on themselves. And then they decided it was really really really fun to throw toys at the TV, and bang on it with their toy hammers.

And then we gave up, and just decided to mount the television on the wall and put all the components on top of the bookcase, way up high out of reach. They're not good enough aims to throw their toys that high. Yet.

As a book lover, I have lots and lots and lots of books. And when the twins started crawling, that was the first thing they went for. So I squished all the books on the bottom shelf onto the second-to-bottom shelf. Then they started pulling themselves up to furniture and could suddenly reach that second shelf. After they ripped a cover off the book, I moved all the books from the bottom two bookshelves in the living room to the floor of our bedroom. "Surely by the time they can reach the third shelf they'll know how to treat books nicely!" I told Neil. And then they reached that bookshelf, and I moved even more books onto our bedroom floor. And now the two bookshelves in my living room look like this:

And I've given up on them learning to be nice to books. And I got sick of looking at all the books stacked against my bedroom wall. Remember, there were six shelves worth. And we broke down and put a third bookshelf in our already overly-crowded bedroom. And it looks sooooooo awful, but I don't care, because my books are safe and off the floor. Speaking of that chair in my bedroom...

This is the kitchen table in our living room that we pretend is a desk. The only problem is, the twins can reach the laptops. And they love to play with them and the cords. So we taped the power cord to the middle of the table and pushed the laptops as far back on the desk as we could. Well, they can now reach that now too. But just barely. However, if they climb up on the chairs they can reach without a problem! And so the chairs got shoved into our bedroom. 

This is a three-drawer end table that the twins have pulled the child locks off of. Multiple times. We've since given up. The problem is there are art supplies in those drawers that could make a BIG mess if they got into them unbeknownst to us. And we have nowhere else to put those art supplies. Our counters are no longer safe, all our high-up cupboards and shelves are full. So I think we're going to move this into our already over-crowded bedroom and put the laptops on it in there. Bonus: we can move the kitchen chairs back into our living room! There won't be anything on the table they can bother then.

The piano, with everything shoved to the center behind the music stand. Because they pull things off the edges. And their play table is turned upside-down, so they don't climb on top of the piano. They haven't yet figured out they can use the chairs for the same purpose. They just climb on those to play with the light switch you can barely see in the photo.

The trash can has taken up permanent residence on our kitchen counter. Trash is very fun to play with.

 The blinds have childlock things that we can roll the blind cords up in so they don't play with them. And they ALWAYS play with them if we don't do this. Speaking of which...

First thing I do every morning is pull up all the blinds in the house that they can reach. Otherwise they immediately start bending the slats and slamming them against the windows. It's a problem.


They've figured out how to open the dishwasher. I'm going to need a child lock for that soon. They've taught themselves how to start the clothes washer. There is nothing I can do about that except put them in timeout and turn it off. They climb over the backs of couches, slip into the bathroom before you can close and lock the door, and climb on tops of tables and countertops. They try to knock picture frames off the walls with toy brooms.

My house is a disaster most days. It's a struggle to keep it presentable, and lots of days I fail. Every moment the twins are awake, I'm racing to keep them out of harm's way, or from destroying or damaging the house. Even with all the child locks, it's a full-time job. Naptime is my most guarded hours of the day, because it's the only time I can really accomplish anything. But my heart is full. I love watching them run as fast as they can to enter forbidden territory when they see an unlocked door. I love watching them pull out the laundry baskets and string dirty clothes around the house, thinking they are "helping" with the laundry. I love it when they help me shut the dishwasher door, even if they do reopen it two seconds later.

I'm not going to win any awards for my housekeeping skills. No one is going to compliment me on my cluttered, mismatched, overly crowded furniture and decorating skills. But my heart is full and happy. I have two healthy, energetic, curious sons that I love. And I take the pictures, because even though it's really frustrating some days right now, I know one day I'm going to miss it. 

TWIN MOM TIP: Childproof early, for your own peace of mind! Trust me on this one.
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Review: Fire Girl by Taryn A. Taylor

First of all, I just have to say I love Taryn. We were in a critique group together a few years back, and we've been beta readers for each other. I had the privilege of reading Fire Girl as a beta reader. I've always been a fan of Taryn's writing, and she's an awesome person too!

Book Description
Everyone has secrets. Maddie wants to take hers and run.

After getting court ordered to live with her grandparents in Sugar Valley, seventeen-year-old, Maddie Haven doesn't expect to tick off the hot student body president, have a faceoff with a horrendously grumpy girl in a wheel chair, and get blamed for a school fire—all on the first day of school. Good thing she plans to leave. And don't even ask why Maddie volunteers to help out after her grandpa has a heart attack. Staying in Sugar Valley is not possible!

After an unexpected friendship leads Maddie on a journey to remember the faith she thought no longer existed, the only thing she knows for sure is the truth never comes easy. And helping someone else just might change her in ways she never thought possible. 

When the people that share her secret threaten the people she loves, Maddie is left with a choice: run away or let it all go up in smoke.


My Review
5 of 5 stars
I read Fire Girl while it was still going through the editing process as a beta reader. I loved it! I was pulled in from the beginning and it held my interest until the very last page.

Fire Girl has a rich cast of characters that I really fell in love with. They felt like dear friends by the last page, and I was sad to see them go when I finished reading.

The author perfectly captured that small-town feel in the setting. I was immersed in the story. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next.

Fire Girl is LDS fiction at its very best. The main character goes on a journey of faith that feels real and not at all preachy. The author handled the religious aspects of the book incredibly well. It was a book about a character with a struggle of faith, not a book about a struggle of faith that just happened to have characters. This really was Maddie's story, and I felt like I was beside her through every step of her journey.

This book will appeal to everyone from tweens to adults! It's one of those books I will return to over and over again through the years.


Fire Girl was released in two parts, so make sure you read both to get the full story!

Buy Links
Part 1 * Part 2
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Review: First Kiss by Cindy M. Hogan

Book Description
VL. Virgin Lips. You may not have heard of it, but where I live, it’s a thing with a card, even if it is a figurative card. I was Brooklyn Hill, certified virgin lips, and I planned on clinging to that figurative card with all I had—while dating as many of the hottest guys at school as I could.
Maybe that’s a bit strange. I mean, what teenage girl isn’t interested in kissing? Locking lips definitely interested me, but the drama that came with it didn’t. No kissing, no drama. Simple.
But on my sixteenth birthday, on my first real date even, the drama found me. His name was Luke Graham—cute, funny, and bad news for the whole female race.


My Review
4.5 out of 5 stars
First Kiss is episode one in the Confessions of a Sixteen-Year-Old Virgin Lips series. I loved it! This short story was a breath of fresh air. The voice of the main character was full of personality. With her strict adherence to rules but ability to still have a fun and playful side, she broke the mold of typical teenage heroines which I really appreciated. Brooklyn also reminded me a lot of myself in high school, which made the story fun and relatable.  

I really love that this story is about the mistakes and mishaps teenagers experience in the world of high school romance, and not about how teenage love is wonderful. The warm narrative voice made reading this a delight. I cannot wait to find out what Brooklyn learns next in episode two. 

Buy Links
Amazon * Smashwords

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Portrait for Toni by Annette Lyon

So there's this author who writes books I kind of love. (If you haven't read her Band of Sisters series yet, go and do so immediately.) Her name's Annette Lyon, and she just did a cover reveal of her new romance that will be out in about a month! I have to say, I love the cover. It's so pretty!

I can't wait for the book to come out! If you want to keep up-to-date on information, I'm sure you can do so at any of these places.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annette-Lyon/83034254518
twitter: @AnnetteLyon
blog: http://blog.annettelyon.com/
website: http://annettelyon.com/
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Emblazon

So there's this new website that looks totally awesome. It's called Emblazon, and it celebrates tween literature. Tween literature falls between middle grade and young adult on scale of target audience. Basically, these are your 6th-8th graders.

This website features current freebies from Emblazon authors, suggestions on books your tween might like ("If you enjoy Harry Potter, you might enjoy ____" type of suggestions), and all sorts of other awesomeness!        This website is one you want to keep your eye on. Right now they're doing a rafflecopter giveaway for all sorts of awesome free books!

Visit http://emblazoners.wordpress.com/ to get in on the fun!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesdays in Twinland: Without Him, There'd Be No Them

Today I want to take a minute to talk about Mr. Armstrong. Without him, there would be no Tuesdays in Twinland because I wouldn't have our adorable sons.

Yesterday, Mr. Armstrong and I celebrated five years of wedded bliss. Five years ago, I never would've imagined what my life is today. I feel so blessed to be Mr. Armstrong's wife, and to be a mother to our sons.

So here's a shout out to my amazing husband, the father of my twins. He is such a fantastic daddy. People ask me all the time how I do twins. It's definitely a team effort. Here are just some of the ways my husband is awesome.

Mr. Armstrong took care of me while I was baking the babies. He did all the cleaning, 95% of the cooking, and the majority of the shopping while I mostly lay sick on the couch, unable to do anything.

When the twins were babies, he frequently got up in the middle of the night to help me with nighttime feedings, even though I was nursing and there wasn't a ton he could do to help. He even would feed the twins bottles and let me sleep when I was especially exhausted.

Mr. Armstrong gives me a break when he gets home from work and takes over the care of the twins lots of days.

He watches them at nights so I can attend critique groups.

He lets me go in the other room to accomplish writerly stuff while he plays with the twins.

He is awesome. My husband is a keeper! I love him so much.

Five incredible years. I can't wait to see where we are five years from now.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tuesdays in Twinland: Church

In case you didn't know, I'm LDS (a Mormon). I love my faith, and feel so blessed to be a member of the LDS faith.

But since having the twins, Sundays have been a little...challenging.

Here's how this past Sunday went.

9:10 - sneak into the back row at church. We're late, again. Getting 4 people ready by 9 a.m. is no joke.

9:20 - desperately try to keep the twins quiet and occupied while the sacrament is passed

9:25 - pull out the coloring books

9:26 - one of the twins tries to color all over the metal folding chairs with a crayon.

9:27 - pull out the Cheerios

9:30 - have we seriously only been here for 20 minutes?

9:40 - Thing 1 starts throwing a fit and gets taken out

9:41 - Thing 2 realizes Thing 1 has escaped, and wonders if he throws a fit if he'll also escape

9:43-9:55 - continuously take the twins, screaming, from the chapel to the hallway. Hold them in timeout while they scream louder. Try to take them back in. Repeat the process.

9:55 - finally give up. Spend the rest of sacrament meeting in the hallway, trying to keep them quiet. The twins fight over the drinking fountain and generally cause a ruckus, embarrassing me to no end. Fellow ward members must think I never discipline my children. They are completely misbehaving, despite my best efforts.

10:20 - Say a fervent prayer of thanks for nursery. Drop the twins off at nursery, where they promptly start screaming, and enjoy a blissful hour and a half distraction-free.

As we were taking two tired and cranky kids home after the three-hour block of meetings on Sunday, I caught myself wondering...why do we do it? It's stressful. It's not fun. I really don't enjoy trying to keep the twins quiet and occupied during church. I don't get a lot out of it when I'm busy chasing them. So why bother?

Because I love my faith. I believe it's true. I feel like this is the right thing for me and my family. And even if none of us are getting anything out of the meetings, we're creating and instilling a habit. Eventually the twins will grow up. They'll sit through sacrament meeting semi-quietly. This too shall pass. It'll all be worth it. I love my faith, and so I'm willing to push through challenging Sundays.

I do it because I know it's the right thing to do. I do it because I love my savior. And I keep reminding myself I'm not the only one. There are thousands of mothers all over the world doing the same thing as me every Sunday.

TWIN MOM TIP: Sometimes teaching toddler twins seems completely and totally pointless. Don't give up. Whether you're teaching them to pray or just trying to teach them to not bite, keep at it. Eventually it'll sink in. I hope.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Review and a Giveaway: Hidden in the Heart by Roseanne Wilkins

Back Cover Blurb
Cathee is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder for several years. During a vacation with her four year old daughter to Topeka, Kansas, she meets Garrett, a widowed therapist. He hopes Cathee will let him help her work through her issues, but her past has come back to haunt her.

My Review
This book deals with a very sensitive issue--raising a child after date rape. What really worked for me is I thought the author handled such a delicate subject very well, especially in the LDS context. I found the little girl in the story charming, and appreciated the slow pace at which Garrett and Cathee's relationship unfolded.

Hidden in the Heart is told from an omniscient point of view, which really allowed both Cathee and Garrett's feelings and opinions to shine through. I appreciated how clean the content of the book was, especially when dealing with an issue as graphic as date rape. As a bonus, I learned quite a bit about Kansas state history along the way. Readers of LDS fiction will enjoy Cathee and Garrett's story. 

Roseanne and Audible were kind enough to donate a FREE copy of the Audible audiobook to one lucky winner! Enter below for your chance to win. 

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