Butterfly Fever

The book I have in the works is making me laugh as I write it, so I’m hoping it makes you laugh while you read it! It’s a humorous love story about a woman who adores butterflies. That’s not all it’s about, but I won’t spoil things just yet. My working title right now is Butterfly Fever. I’m thinking about butterflies now, and I found this little story I liked. Enjoy this along with a photo of a butterfly from our front yard!


A story is told of a caterpillar named Yellow who was trying to find out what she should be doing with her life. In her wanderings she discovered another caterpillar seemingly caught in some gauzy, hairy filament. Concerned, she asked if she could help. He explained that this was all part of the process of becoming a butterfly. When she heard the word butterfly, her whole insides leapt. “But what is a butterfly?” The cocooned caterpillar explained: “It’s what you are meant to become.” Yellow was intrigued but a bit defiant. “How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside you or me when all I see is a fuzzy worm?” On further reflection she pensively asked, “How does one become a butterfly?” And the answer? “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

(By Trina Paulus’, HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS)

Review of Dreaming of Mr Darcy

Dreaming of Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts #2)Dreaming of Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly

About the book:
Fledgling illustrator and Darcy fanatic Kay Ashton settles in the seaside town of Lyme to finish her book, The Illustrated Darcy, when a film company arrives to make a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Kay is soon falling for the handsome bad boy actor playing Captain Wentworth, but it’s the quiet screenwriter Adam Craig who has more in common with her beloved Mr. Darcy. Though still healing from a broken heart, Adam finds himself unexpectedly in love with Kay. But it will take more than good intentions to convince her that her real happy ending is with him.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is part of Victoria Connelly’s “Austen Addict” series. Yes, that name alone made me buy this book. I will gladly confess I am an Austen addict!! This book didn’t disappoint. It reminded me of a fun, modern twist on Jane Austen’s Emma and Persuasion, although it’s Mr. Darcy that the main character can’t stop dreaming of and painting. It’s a fun, romantic comedy and I highly enjoyed it. If you are any level of Jane Austen fan…you will love this!

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Ultimate Book Tag

I’ve been tagged by my friend Krysten Lindsay Hager (you’ll find her in my Author Friends tab) in the “Ultimate Book Tag”. This is the Halloween edition! You can read my answers below, but you can see Krysten’s answers on her blog right here.

I now tag another author friend, Valerie Howard! Check out her blog later on for her answers: http://penhelp.wordpress.com/

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car? No.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why? I love Oscar Wilde and his humor. I also like the uniqueness of Mark Twain in Huckleberry Finn. I really admire the way he captures the way Huck speaks. You can hear the accent and I love it.

3. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. Harry Potter always. Twilight never.  1) Harry Potter is an example of a brilliant imagination paired with excellent writing. Twilight’s whole plot makes me feel like brain cells are dying. I get that they’re insanely attractive for whatever reason, but a choice between a vampire and a werewolf? Get real. Neither one of those=sexy, attractive man. It’s a deal breaker for me. And the main character Bella needs to re-think priorities if she has no attraction whatsoever to HUMAN men and believes the way to happiness is to give up college, career and family to be with a dangerous blood-sucking husband. Since when does marriage mean having to give up everything you have and all that you are? I have so many issues with the plot. Okay, rant over. 2) JK Rowling can really set the scene and pull you right in to the story and the location. 3) Harry Potter keeps going strong, book after book, you get through the story fast and you’re not sitting there wanting those hours of your life back. It has the right amount of humor, action, suspense and emotion.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)? No, but if I’m going to an appointment, I like to have a book in my purse or on my phone.

5. Do you smell your books? No. I’m going to say it: that’s just weird.

6. Books with or without little illustrations? Well, if I’m reading a children’s book I suppose illustrations are nice…otherwise no.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? I loved Confessions of a Shopaholic. I hesitate to say it’s not quality writing, but it’s not Charles Dickens so…it was just fun. I was an English major so reading anything other than the classics felt like I wasn’t reading quality writing for a while.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share! I read a few Nancy Drew books when I was young and got a little freaked out at night. Then my mom got me Little House on the Prairie. I really enjoyed those books. LOL

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf? Sonnets of the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf? The Complete Works of Shakespeare and the Norton Anthology of English Literature (both of them) are about the same size.

 11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author? Why yes, I’ve published two novels: Julia the Secret Keeper and Julia the Secret Blogger. I’m currently working on a new book.

12. When did you get into reading? Somewhere around the time my mom had The Cat in the Hat memorized because she read it to me so many times:)

13. What is your favorite classic book? Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English? Yes! What else is there???

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do? I’m always polite when people give me presents. Just because they give it to you as a gift, doesn’t mean you have to keep it or read it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games? It’s not lesser-known, but Harry Potter reminds me a little of the Chronicles of Narnia, with the hidden fantasy world. I can’t stomach the Hunger Games. It’s too morbid for my taste. I get the feeling the writer of these questions had a lot to say about Harry Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games. LOL.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging? I am not yet sure. I have only just begun to blog as an author. Before this, I blogged gluten-free tips and recipes.

18. What is your favorite word? Yes. LOL

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above? I think I’m technically a nerd because I have seen every episode of Star Trek and Doctor Who. I also have an untold number of Star Wars novels…

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why? Ummmm…no.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why? Can’t do angels after watching Doctor Who…ha, ha, ha…you know, don’t blink! Now Angel statues creep me out. I do love me some sci-fi so let’s go with shapeshifters.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why? Neither please. Not into ghost stories or wolves.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Both are ridiculous choices. One will suck your blood and the other will eat you. Bizarre game of “would you rather…” So I guess I’m supposed to fall in love with one and marry him. Then I could be the latest main character in the bestseller list. Let’s go with Zombies. It will be over quicker and readers can get back to their lives! LOL.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love Love triangle. As long as I’m not in them personally, a love triangle always makes a good story.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in? I don’t do a lot of action, but I do like some. I won’t read full-on graphic romance. I do enjoy sweet, clean romance novels.

Book Review: A Lady By Any Other Name

A Lady By Any Other NameA Lady By Any Other Name by Jennifer Kitchens

About the book:

Nicole Farrington’s life had never been easy, but it had always been bearable. At least it had been until now. Faced with a horrible marriage her step-brother has contracted for her, she will do anything to get away. She’ll run…run to anyone who might be able to help her. But running blindly down an unknown path may take her to an unexpected destination.

Julian Huntington, Earl of Foxley, wants nothing more than to have his carefree life back. Now he is left with a title, a child, and a future that he never expected would be his. He refuses to believe his brother’s death was an accident, no matter what people say. Someone killed him and Julian plans to find out who and why. Maybe then he can go on with his life…his brother’s life. But will the answers he seeks be enough, or will he find love to be a worthier goal?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I devoured this book within a few days of receiving it. The plot sucked me right in from the start and I couldn’t stop. It’s a sweet, meaningful regency romance with mystery and intrigue. The heroine flees a dreadful home life and finds family she never knew about. Then she must go into hiding from the home she left and invents a fake identity for herself. I am only giving it four stars instead of five because there are a few grammatical errors and the heroine of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was listed as Violet and not Viola. But this did not take away from the pleasure of reading it. It is a well-written and engrossing love story. It ended the way I wanted it to. Definitely read this book!

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Review of Thirty-two Going on Spinster

Thirty-Two Going on SpinsterThirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson

About the book: Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.

With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.

But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved it! so cute and funny! Julia works at a job she hates…until the new guy makes her enjoy coming to work. But he has a secret. It’s fun traveling with Julia through her world and the choices she makes and the misunderstandings that ensue. She is forced to decide what she really wants to do with her life and makes major ‘My Fair Lady’-style changes. A must-read for Chick Lit fans and for those who love a good, clean funny story.

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