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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Another Goodreads Giveaway

The release of The Promise Bride is just around the corner, and our publisher is going all out to help spread the word. From now until July 25, 2017, you can enter to win a copy through a Goodreads giveaway before the August 29, 2017 release.

Romantic Times gave it four stars, and Kirkus Review said this:

Co-authors Welborn and Whitham launch a new series, Montana Brides, with a dauntless, winning heroine, a complex hero, an engaging supporting cast, and a light message of faith...Sweet and appealing, this historical inspirational romance hits a nice tone as it touches on a variety of themes.

Gina and I are feverishly working to complete the second book of this series, so off to the writing cave I go...

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, July 17, 2017

H2H In Stitches

Oh, how I have missed crafting...not to mention I'm behind on sending a few cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and the like. But then I found out that a writing colleague was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before I could get a "Praying for You" card done, she had a biopsy and was told her lump was benign. Halleluiah, amen!!

I wanted to send her a card to let her know I was thinking of her anyway, so I decided to use the cheerful dots from the Little Dreamer paper pack with a fun sentiment from the Flower Market coordinating stamps to make this card for the H2H In Stitches Challenge this week:


I'm complying with the "stitches" theme in several ways...surgery stitches, laughter that has you in stitches, and the cross-stitch pattern on the banner from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack To get the sentiment to stand out, I used pigment ink (Emerald). I really wanted to use my sewing machine to stitch a border all the way around my polka dot piece before mounting it to the card base with foam tape, but my sewing machine is still in a box. 

The assembly guy comes on Monday to put my craft cabinet together, and then I can get it loaded up and be back in business. Yes, it's a lot of work for only five months, but it's necessary to my mental health.

I hope you will come join us at H2H this week and give us your best "in stitches" project.

Until next time,
Becca

Monday, July 3, 2017

No Worries

I've been sitting on this news for quite a while now, and I can finally tell you that I'm joining the talented group of ladies on the design team at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog featuring Close to My Heart products. This week the challenge is to use the No Worries paper. Please excuse the weird photography. I was trying to be artsy and, well...yeah. To get the color and brightness right on the card, it totally whacked out the jar with the green marbles in it. I figured the card was more important.


I cut a white card base and then an extra piece of white cardstock measuring 4 x 5.25. I then trimmed out a one inch border using my Fiskars Paper Trimmer. I stamped the sentiment (from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge companion stamps) leaving off the "happy" part. I die cut the "HAPPY" using a retired Thin Cut four times--three in white paper and one from the No Worries paper. I glued the four die cuts together to give it strength and depth. I then glued a piece of No Worries paper to the card base, mounted the trimmed out and stamped frame piece over top using foam tape, and glued the "HAPPY" in place.

I'm so excited to be part of this design team! Heart2Heart always has fun challenges.

On a personal note, this card was made while the hubs and I are on the road traveling from Alaska to South Carolina. You can read some previous posts and see pictures of our travels. We're almost done. A few more days on the road, and then we'll be in our new home...for six months before we move again. Ah...army life! And some time between now and September 1, I need to finish two stories. Ah...the life of an author. So crazy!! But I wouldn't change a thing.

Until next time,
Becca

Saturday, July 1, 2017

More Pictures from our Move

We've made it to Colorado. Here are a few more pictures to show you where we've been.
 
Mt. Hood at Sunset

 
Mt. Shasta

 
Lake Shasta


 
Morgan, UT

 
Western Wyoming

 
South Western Nebraska 


 
Me snapping pictures out the window

 
NE Colorado





 And don't forget to enter the GoodReads giveaway of The Promise Bride. Here's the link to enter: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/242890-the-promise-bride

Until next time,
Becca



Thursday, June 29, 2017

GoodReads Giveaway: The Promise Bride

The publisher of The Promise Bride is giving away 25 copies on GoodReads between June 29 and July 6.  I'm still on the road, so I'm not sure how many times I'll be able to pop in here and remind you, so be sure to enter right away!

Here's the link to enter: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/242890-the-promise-bride

Gina and I are thrilled to finally get the first book of this three-book series in the hands of readers. We started brainstorming these stories four years ago in a Starbucks on Cache Road in Lawton, Oklahoma. Every book has it's own special "behind-the-scenes" challenges. This one involves a house fire.

We were about a month away from our deadline when Gina's house caught on fire. The damage was so extensive, her family had to move into a rental home which they still occupy. If you've read the Acknowledgments section of my story in The Secret Admirer's Collection, you know I wrote that novella in six days. The reason was because we had to push back the deadline for The Promise Bride by a month. Clearly, Gina had more important things to attend to--like her children and her husband who suffered third-degree burns on his leg. Real people trump made-up ones every time.

We are so grateful that Gina's husband suffered no permanent damage and nothing was lost that couldn't be replaced.

Come Fly with Me is the introductory novella to this series. You'll meet a few of the characters who will be important in The Promise Bride and future stories. This story is available now but only in e-reader format.

Gina and I hope you fall in love with Luanne and Roy (Come Fly with Me) as well as with Emilia and Mac (The Promise Bride). You'll be able to check back in on them as the series continues over the next couple of years. I know, it's a long time to wait, but each story stands on its own with just a few teasers to make you eager for the next installment.

The Promise Bride officially releases August 29, 2017, but pre-orders are being taken now.

And now on with our previously scheduled move from Alaska to South Carolina. We are currently in California enjoying time with friends...and trying to meet the next book deadline for the second book in this series.

Until next time,
Becca

Friday, June 23, 2017

Blog Hops with Heart is Using It or Losing It.


Every time the army moves us, I try to be ruthless weeding out the stamps I'm not using. Hubby and I are in the midst of a move from Alaska to South Carolina. We are currently in Washington State visiting family and friends. Before the movers packed us up, I went through my stamp stash again. I was within an inch of getting rid of a sentiment set, but I decided to use it instead. I went clean and simple and paired it with an old Stampin' Up set.

The sentiment was stamped in Lemon Ink first and then offset and stamped again with Saffron using the State of Mind stamp set. The sandals were stamped in Pacifica ink, colored with Copics, and accented with red enamel gems. I popped them up with some foam tape to add just a touch more dimension.

I sent this to a friend who loves the sunshine and beach. I happened to be visiting her when she opened it, and it made her smile.

Win!

As always, the blog hop this month is a circle, and as always, you won't want to miss a single project. (I got a sneak peek!) You probably came from Kelly's blog, and you're heading to Stephanie's blog next. If you get lost, you can always go to Amie's blog. She'll have a list of all this month's participants.

Until next time,
Becca


Monday, June 12, 2017

On the Move

We've spent the last week traveling, most of it on a ferry from Whittier, AK to Bellingham, WA.  Here are a few pictures I've taken along the way.







A tunnel to Whittier built for the railroad. It's so narrow, traffic can only go one way at a time.







Our ferry, the Kennicott.





 
 
 It's impossible to capture the magnificence in pictures. Truly an unforgettable experience (although I could have done without the seasickness the first day).

Popping back out again so we can spend time with family and friends. More pictures and an exciting announcement to come.

Until next time,
Becca