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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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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms I know and love. Those with us and those who have gone before us. This day is hard for some of us, I know. I miss my Mom too. But I’m grateful for the memories. Grateful for the legacy she left us. And grateful that I got…
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And So We Choose This Thing

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…
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Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…
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#TBT – A Dream Come True!

As you may know, my upcoming release, The Memory of You, takes place in Sonoma, California. As we count down to March 28th, we thought it might be fun to use “Throwback Thursdays” to share the origin of that story, and how the seed was planted back in 2010. One of my bucket list trips…
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The Crash

Ever been in a spot where you’re all prepared for one thing and then, before you can take your next breath, something happens to flip the entire day upside down? Sure you have. I think we’ve all been there at some point. Maybe you’re there right now. That’s okay. Grab a coffee. Put your feet…
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No, You're Actually Not That Great

I don’t know how you’re feeling as we approach November, but I’m tired. Tired of the frustration, the anger, the vitriol, tired of everything that this nasty election has exploded into. More frustrating for me is that it’s not even my election. But it’s everywhere. You can’t turn on the television or the radio or…
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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 | 1 Comment

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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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms I know and love. Those with us and those who have gone before us. This day is hard for some of us, I know. I miss my Mom too. But I’m grateful for the memories. Grateful for the legacy she left us. And grateful that I got…

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And So We Choose This Thing

June 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Thirty one years. Today. I stood before him in a long white gown that cost more than my father wanted to spend, but he bought it for me anyway, because it was the one and he was ‘the one’ and my Dad would have bought me the moon if I said I wanted it. I stood…

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Is It Supposed To Hurt This Much?

June 8, 2017 | 7 Comments

That was a text I got from my daughter a few hours into labour. “Is it supposed to hurt this much?” I wanted to laugh, but I didn’t. Because, yes. It is. And it does. And it will continue to. With every challenge that comes with being a parent. Being a mother or father or…

read more...

#TBT – A Dream Come True!

March 2, 2017 | 18 Comments

As you may know, my upcoming release, The Memory of You, takes place in Sonoma, California. As we count down to March 28th, we thought it might be fun to use “Throwback Thursdays” to share the origin of that story, and how the seed was planted back in 2010. One of my bucket list trips…

read more...

The Crash

October 31, 2016 | 4 Comments

Ever been in a spot where you’re all prepared for one thing and then, before you can take your next breath, something happens to flip the entire day upside down? Sure you have. I think we’ve all been there at some point. Maybe you’re there right now. That’s okay. Grab a coffee. Put your feet…

read more...

No, You're Actually Not That Great

October 17, 2016 | 19 Comments

I don’t know how you’re feeling as we approach November, but I’m tired. Tired of the frustration, the anger, the vitriol, tired of everything that this nasty election has exploded into. More frustrating for me is that it’s not even my election. But it’s everywhere. You can’t turn on the television or the radio or…

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!