‘Tis an Exciting Stop in the ‘Twas Blog Hop… and Did I Say, a Giveaway?

Just in case you didn’t know, I’m taking part in an 11-week tour to celebrate the release of Twas the Evening of Christmas. But here’s the thing… I don’t need to pack any clothes, or jump on a jet or even drive anywhere. In fact, I won’t ever have to leave the comfort of my own home.

This tour is a virtual one, courtesy of the internet, where eleven different folks from far-flung states such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and New York are writing about my latest release.

From homeschooling mums to authors; from reviewers to Children’s Ministers, these eleven folks are sharing their thoughts about the book, and offering a giveaway of this new Christmas title at every stop, courtesy of my wonderful publishers, Zonderkidz.

And today, I’m super excited, because this stop is different from all the rest… Continue reading

On Brand New Babies, and Books, and Awful, Ugly, One Star Reviews…

So my brand-new, precious baby is just one week old today. She was formed inside me a long, long time ago.

As soon as that seed began to take shape and develop, I watched over her like any proud parent would. I nurtured her growth at every single stage. Sometimes I would get tiny, tantalizing peeks into what she would be like, and anticipation would build.

And then, the glorious day came when I welcomed her into the world! She arrived! I got to hold her for the first time, turn her over, and examine every minute and marvelous detail.

As crazy as it may seem, when an author welcomes a brand-new book into the world, it feels as though that book is borne from your being; those pages are part of who you are; every sentence that you painstakingly penned and prayed over are ones that somehow spilled out from the center of your soul.

Which is why, as author Alison Hodgson alluded to so humorously and hauntingly at the Breathe Writers Conference, when someone writes a review such as the one that I’m about to share, it’s tantamount to announcing to the author that your precious, brand-new baby is UGLY… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas!

Happy Birthday to ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas!

This premium picture book, that echoes the familiar rhythm and rhyme of Clement C Moore’s classic, was officially published today! And if you were to pop over to Amazon, not only can you now peek inside, but you’ll also be able to admire the lovely, bright orange #1 New Release banner flying high above it.  In case you don’t believe me, here’s the picture to prove it: (I just know it won’t be there long, so you have to take the photo fast! 🙂 )

Now if you happen to own this book already, I would love you forever if you might consider posting even a one sentence review on Amazon. Every single review helps me. (Especially if it happens to be a five-star 🙂 ).

But if you don’t own the book, do not worry… I have some good news!  Continue reading

How I Found God in my Diet

I was born skinny.

Well, maybe that’s a lie. I was, in fact, the largest of my mum’s eight babies, weighing in at a whopping 10 pounds. But the joke in my family for a long time was that I’ve never put any weight on since.

It’s true though, that through no merit of my own, I managed to give birth to four sons and then shrink, almost immediately, back to my previous slim self. The same skinny jeans that I’d discarded a few months prior slid easily over my hips without too much trouble. And I continued in that same skinny vein for years and years. If you don’t believe me, here’s a 1990’s picture to prove it… Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of Grit and Grace

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway of Caryn Rivadeneira’s Grit and Grace .

Two lucky people will be adding this wonderful title to their bookshelves! And the winners are…… Continue reading

Q & A with Caryn Rivadeneira, Author of Grit and Grace, and a Giveaway!

Ever since I penned Girls’ Love Letters from God, I’ve had a fascination with the women of the Bible. So when I saw a new book called Grit and Grace appear on the bookshelves, I was intrigued.

To begin with, I was drawn in by the awesome title, and when I discovered that its publisher was Sparkhouse, whose curriculum I use every Sunday morning, I knew I wanted to learn more. Continue reading

Eek, Eek, Take a Peek… Inside Snuggle Time Christmas!

It was a hop-up-and-down day when my first copy of this gorgeous, glittery little book arrived on the doorstep. And even though the trees behind are still clinging on to their leaves, and even though that blue lake in the distance isn’t frozen yet, I have to tell you the shocking news that it’s actually only 109 days until Christmas!

So, for all you early shoppers, here’s a peek inside the perfect little gift that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in thirteen poems.  Continue reading

Announcing the Winners!

Thank you, thank you, to everyone who entered the three-book giveaway of Love Letters from God, and thank you to my awesome publisher, Zonderkidz, for providing the books. Who won?

Listen to this video announcement to find out! Continue reading

A Three-Book Giveaway to Celebrate My Three-Year Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe, but on this day three years ago, a dream came true: I somehow, against all the odds, and beyond the realm of all I ever thought possible, became an author. On 26th August, 2014, my first children’s book was published, despite the fact that I gave up on the manuscript when I was half-way through.

It’s even harder to believe that this little book would become a series of five, that it would inspire another series of books, and become the catalyst for twelve more titles. But it did. And what better way to celebrate than a giveaway!

I have THREE brand-new copies of Love Letters from God to give away, and three easy ways to win: Continue reading

The Boy in The White Hat: Where is He Now?

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my grandson turning four years old. It was the first time the four cousins had been together. This picture captures their joy, and perhaps you can imagine mine…

I love the way they are holding hands. I love their hats!

These are the children in my world: these are the ones I can influence for good; these are the ones I can be a good example to; these are the ones I can teach to love and respect all human beings so that they can do their part to bring love and light into this world of ours.

Then there’s this: Continue reading