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Summer Fun, France And Family!

How did it get to be July already? And I haven’t blogged since my book came out in May! Well. To be honest, I’m still on the fence with the blog, as it doesn’t seem to be the best way to connect anymore. But anyway, here we are, so until I decide to close it…
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What To Do After Launch Day!

So Where Hope Begins is now out in the big wide world. Godspeed, my lovely. And yesterday was a little nuts. The nerves. The onslaught of notifications. The well wishes and fun comments, and feedback. All wonderful and totally mind blowing, not to mention a tad overwhelming. Oh and did I mention a Facebook LIVE…
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10 Stages of Book Birth – An Exposé

Today we are one week away from the release of my new book, Where Hope Begins. And there are a million things I should be doing right now. So I’m blogging. As you do. Also, since I connected my blog to my new website, I’m really not sure anyone is seeing it. So if you…
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Newsy Book Related Stuff and Giveaways!

So blogging is clearly not at the top my ‘things to do’ list lately. Life is crazy busy and I’m working hard to carve out writing time in between babysitting and book release stuff and laundry and trying to remember to make dinner. 🙂 But anyhow, for anyone still popping over here, I’ll share a…
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!!

Welcome to the 6th day of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! 12 Authors of Christian Fiction have teamed together to bring you this amazing giveaway, and I’m honored to be included! The prizes are building, and today’s winner will receive ALL of the below! The Memory of You  & A $5 Starbucks Gift Card…
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All Good Things

Ever been in a place where you were just awed by the majesty of God’s creation? While we were in California on our anniversary trip, one thing we knew we wanted to do was see the Redwoods. Having only seen photographs of these amazing trees, I could hardly wait to experience them up close. It…
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Some Reflections . . .

I should be working out right now, but it’s way more comfortable on the couch. 🙂 And I have some stuff to say. Thing is, I’m not quite sure how. My mind swirls with thoughts that some days make sense and some days . . . well. So I just keep quiet. You know? I…
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Buh-bye 2016 And What's Up 2017?

So here’s my last vlog for 2016, not that there’ve been many. But I did get my feet wet and that counts, right? I have a bit of a cold, so I sound stuffy, and I apologize for the unsteadiness of the camera, not real sure what that was all about! Anywhoo, here I am…
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So Much Going On!

Oh my gosh. I was all set to post a really cute video update with all the news, but then I realized I look like a character from The Walking Dead right now, so that’s not going to happen. Your eyes will thank me. 🙂 Here’s a picture of our lake instead. We’ve returned from…
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And So You Celebrate . . .

(My sister and I celebrating the arrival of the first copies of my new book!) The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind. Both in my personal life and in the events happening around the world, and to be honest, right now I just want to step back from the bad and celebrate the good.…
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Summer Fun, France And Family!

July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

How did it get to be July already? And I haven’t blogged since my book came out in May! Well. To be honest, I’m still on the fence with the blog, as it doesn’t seem to be the best way to connect anymore. But anyway, here we are, so until I decide to close it…

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What To Do After Launch Day!

May 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

So Where Hope Begins is now out in the big wide world. Godspeed, my lovely. And yesterday was a little nuts. The nerves. The onslaught of notifications. The well wishes and fun comments, and feedback. All wonderful and totally mind blowing, not to mention a tad overwhelming. Oh and did I mention a Facebook LIVE…

read more...

10 Stages of Book Birth – An Exposé

May 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

Today we are one week away from the release of my new book, Where Hope Begins. And there are a million things I should be doing right now. So I’m blogging. As you do. Also, since I connected my blog to my new website, I’m really not sure anyone is seeing it. So if you…

read more...

Newsy Book Related Stuff and Giveaways!

March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

So blogging is clearly not at the top my ‘things to do’ list lately. Life is crazy busy and I’m working hard to carve out writing time in between babysitting and book release stuff and laundry and trying to remember to make dinner. 🙂 But anyhow, for anyone still popping over here, I’ll share a…

read more...

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!!

December 6, 2017 | 4 Comments

Welcome to the 6th day of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! 12 Authors of Christian Fiction have teamed together to bring you this amazing giveaway, and I’m honored to be included! The prizes are building, and today’s winner will receive ALL of the below! The Memory of You  & A $5 Starbucks Gift Card…

read more...

All Good Things

March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ever been in a place where you were just awed by the majesty of God’s creation? While we were in California on our anniversary trip, one thing we knew we wanted to do was see the Redwoods. Having only seen photographs of these amazing trees, I could hardly wait to experience them up close. It…

read more...

Some Reflections . . .

January 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

I should be working out right now, but it’s way more comfortable on the couch. 🙂 And I have some stuff to say. Thing is, I’m not quite sure how. My mind swirls with thoughts that some days make sense and some days . . . well. So I just keep quiet. You know? I…

read more...

Buh-bye 2016 And What's Up 2017?

December 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

So here’s my last vlog for 2016, not that there’ve been many. But I did get my feet wet and that counts, right? I have a bit of a cold, so I sound stuffy, and I apologize for the unsteadiness of the camera, not real sure what that was all about! Anywhoo, here I am…

read more...

So Much Going On!

August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Oh my gosh. I was all set to post a really cute video update with all the news, but then I realized I look like a character from The Walking Dead right now, so that’s not going to happen. Your eyes will thank me. 🙂 Here’s a picture of our lake instead. We’ve returned from…

read more...

And So You Celebrate . . .

July 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

(My sister and I celebrating the arrival of the first copies of my new book!) The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind. Both in my personal life and in the events happening around the world, and to be honest, right now I just want to step back from the bad and celebrate the good.…

read more...

Summer Fun, France And Family!

How did it get to be July already? And I haven’t blogged since my book came out in May! Well. To be honest, I’m still on the fence with the blog, as it doesn’t seem to be the best way to connect anymore. But anyway, here we are, so until I decide to close it down altogether, I will try and post when I can!

In June, my husband and I traveled to France for an amazing holiday that was everything we hoped for and more. We were in the Bordeaux area, and then spent a week in Provence. Seeing the countryside and the castles and the winding roads, it was all breathtaking. The history surrounding us was also something that really struck me, considering how old some of the places were that we visited. I have far too many photographs to share here, but these are a few of my favorite shots!

I found it funny that most of the poppies we came across, just growing wild everywhere, were more of an orange than red, but still beautiful. My dream was to see Provence during lavender season, and I was not disappointed! And to make me even happier, we also came across an area of field after field of sunflowers! It was truly incredible!

We spent a day on the Mediterranean, drove through many small towns and villages where the roads were so narrow you had to pray you never met a car coming the other way, and we visited the Pont du Guard, outside, Avignon, which is an ancient Roman aqueduct that was built in around the first century AD, absolutely mind blowing that it still stands today!

We returned home relaxed and recharged, and now it’s on to the rest of summer!

Book News

Where Hope Begins has been out a couple of months now, and I couldn’t be more pleased by all the support and encouragement I’ve received so far. Readers seem to be loving the story! I’m particularly happy that so far the book has been well received in the general market as well. It has always been my hope that my books will appeal to all readers, not just within the Christian market. There are so many reviews I could share, but this one in particular gave me a big smile the other day – “I’ve never read Ms. West’s work before and despite my discomfort and tendency to eschew religious themes, I was quickly immersed and fully invested in her superbly written tale” –  you can find the full review over at BooksandBindings.

I’m extremely grateful for each and every review, and every email I receive from a reader who takes the time to reach out. It really means a lot to know that my words have touched someone. And if you’re new around here, come find me on Facebook – I do a lot more posting there, and hang out more in my Readers Group. We’ll be starting a discussion of Where Hope Begins in that group in the fall! Can’t wait for that! So if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, I hope you do!

We’ve also been enjoying lots of family time, a visit from my son and his fiancee, and of course hanging out with sweet Annabel, who is now WALKING and getting cuter by the day!! We’re heading up to Canada for the rest of the summer soon, where I will be writing, writing, writing, my next book. I’m looking forward to really diving into this one with uninterrupted writing time.

So that’s about all from my desk today, I’d love to hear how your summer is going so far!

Until next time!