Category Archives: Calming the Storm

Calming the Storm – Autographed Paperback Copies Available

Hi Everyone! I have some paperback copies of Calming the Storm available. If you’re interested in an autographed copy, please e-mail me at I’m happy to personalize each one. You let me know who you want me to sign it to and/or if you have a specific message you would like me to add. 🙂
$7.99 + Shipping & Handling
Shipping is $3.00 within the USA. If you live outside the USA, please let me know and I’ll find out how much shipping will be. 🙂 If you’re local to me, there is no shipping charge, of course. 🙂
Payments: I accept payments through PayPal only at this time.
Can I just say, seeing this stack of books on my desk, makes me smile? 🙂 🙂 
Thank you all!

Do I Really Bake?

Yes, I do! I enjoy baking a lot. I regularly make cookies and breads from scratch. 
I’ve had several comments from readers about a part in Calming the Storm where Rachel is making an apple crisp. People have told me that it sounds like I bake in real life. One reader even suggested that I include a recipe in my books. I thought this was a really neat idea, and I have decided to do just that.
I did go back and add Rachel’s Apple Crisp recipe to the Kindle version of Calming the Storm. But I wanted to post that recipe for those of you who already have copies of the book, just in case you want to try it out for yourselves.
I make this apple crisp regularly and it is so yummy! You can also follow this recipe and substitute peaches, pears, and berries.  If you use any canned fruit, drain it, pour it in, and directly stir the cinnamon into that rather than add any water. That extra juice will compensate and you don’t want the dessert to get too soggy!
I originally got this recipe from my sweet mom, who received the recipe from her mom. Without them, we would not have apple crisp at our home and I’m pretty sure it would be missed terribly!

Calming the Storm
Rachel’s Apple Crisp Recipe     

4 cups sliced apples

¼ cup water

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup sugar

¾ cup flour

1/3 cup soft butter

Preheat the oven to 350ºF·          

Spread the sliced apples in the bottom of an ungreased 8” x 8” pan 

Combine the water and cinnamon in a bowl and then sprinkle that over the apples

Work sugar, flour, and soft butter together until it is crumbly

Spread the mixture over the apples evenly

Sprinkle more cinnamon on top of the mixture according to your preference

 Bake uncovered for approximately 40 minutes

This is delicious right out of the oven, with ice cream, and even cold from the fridge

Clean Indie Reads Blog Hop

I live in West Texas so we aren’t seeing falling leaves or changing colors, but the weather has gotten cooler. Lately, the temperatures have been between 85 and 90, which compared to this summer, seems wonderful. I’m especially enjoying the early mornings, when the air has a chill to it. 

Falling Leaves, Falling Prices

To celebrate the fall season, the amazing Clean Indie Reads group has a sale going on. If you haven’t checked the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale out, you need to! I’m planning on going shopping later today – it’s taken me this long to narrow down what I’m going to purchase because there truly are so many wonderful books available. 
Blog Hopping
I’m so excited to not only be a part of the sale, but to participate in this Blog Hop as well. I hope those of you who have been following the blog hop are having fun! I know I’ve enjoyed learning more about my fellow authors. Please make sure you check out all of the blogs participating as many are doing a giveaway and the deadlines aren’t until the sale is over!

October 5:
Linda Covella
Mary Ellen Bramwell
Tina Webb
Logan Crowe

October 6:
Tara Fairfield
Barbara A. Martin
Shanna Hatfield

October 7:
Sally Sue Fleischmann Ember
Zelda Benjamin

October 8:
Kelley Crandall
Jennifer Pitkin
Mari Barnes
Chrystal Lynn Miles Gauthier

October 9
October 10

Felicia Rogers
Ruth O’Neil
Debbie Brown

October 11
Faith Blum
Kristin Wallace
Elizabeth Kaiser

Blog Hop Question
Do the changing seasons influence your writing and/or the choice of books you read? 
This is a question that all of the bloggers participating in the blog hop have been asked. For myself, I do find that I am more inclined to write a book that takes place in colder months during the summer, and vice versa. In fact, these last two months I’ve worked on Finding Peace, where the story plays out during the month of January. I found myself enjoying the idea of colder weather and snow during the hot summer we’ve had here in West Texas. I have a feeling that the opposite may be true when I’m shivering this winter, double socks on my feet, and a mug of hot chocolate sitting on my desk. LOL 
I don’t know that the changing seasons really affect what books I read, save for one exception: I tend to only read Christmas or holiday novels during November and December. Otherwise, I choose novels based on the mood I’m in at the time. 
I just wanted to say that, when you read a book, authors love it if you have a moment to leave a review. Reviews are a great way to provide some honest feedback and help future readers choose a book. I know I truly appreciate them, and other authors do as well.
Thank You!
I am so glad that you took time today to come by my blog. I would love to hear from you! What is your favorite thing about fall? Does it affect what books you enjoy reading?
Information About My Novel

Calming the StormMy book, Calming the Storm, is on sale for $0.99 through October 11th. If you enjoy Christian romance, I hope you’ll give it a try. The story itself was on my heart for several years before I wrote the book. The song, “Sometimes He Calms the Storm,” performed by Scott Krippayne on his album, “Wild Imagination,” inspired the book. This song has been a huge help at difficult times in my life. The words in the chorus remind me that, no matter what I’m going through, God is there with me. Even when God doesn’t calm the storm that I’m struggling through, He’s here holding me as I weather it. I am so incredibly thankful for His love, peace and guidance. 
In Calming the Storm, Rachel had a rough childhood and continues to feel like she has no control over her life. She has always felt that she was at the mercy of life’s storms. When her sister – the only immediate family she has – is killed in a car accident, Rachel finds herself caring for her young niece. Struggling to find a job and a permanent place to live, Rachel is at risk of losing custody of her niece. 
Brandon teaches a class that Rachel attends, but when she has to drop out of college to take care of her niece, he becomes concerned. Learning about the difficult situation she’s in, he does the only thing he can think of to help: He suggests a marriage of convenience. With that agreement, she would have a stable living situation, a new job through his parents, and health insurance. All things that would hopefully lead to Rachel being able to adopt her niece and give her the kind of childhood she never had herself.
Brandon reaches out to Rachel as he tries to break through the walls that she’s built up over the years. With love and patience, he hopes to help Rachel realize that, even when she experiences storms in her life, she isn’t alone. 
Calming the Storm is available on Kindle as well as paperback through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and CreateSpace.
Coming in November
My next book, Finding Peace, is the first in my Love’s Compass series. The book itself is done and I’m currently in the editing process. I’m so excited about this title and I can’t wait for my readers to get to know these new characters.
Kentucky “Tuck” Chandler is a police officer in the small town of Kitner, Texas. When Laurie Blake walks in on a robbery at her photography studio, Tuck is assigned the case. 
What seems to be a simple break-in soon becomes a string of incidents. They appear to have no connection, but with each new case, more people are in danger.
Can Tuck find the answers he needs to keep Laurie safe and bring peace back to the residents of Kitner? 

It Has Begun!

Falling Leaves means Falling Prices at the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale! 
Are you looking to stock up on a bunch of books to read over the winter? Are you thinking about sending some books to friends and family for Christmas? Check out these amazing sales! There are a lot of books available for free, $0.99, $1.99 and up. Don’t miss out! 
This sale will be going from October 5th through October 11th. 
Click here for a list of the books on sale. 

My novel, Calming the Storm, will be available for $0.99 during this sale as well. I know that I will be going through that list above and picking up some books to read. 
Click here for blog hop information.
We are also having a blog hop to go along with this sale. I will be participating in this fun event as well. Watch for my post on October 9th! Meanwhile, please do go check out the authors who are participating each day. You’ll learn more about them, their work, and some authors are offering small giveaways each day as well.
Do you like to browse on Amazon? Click here for lists related to our sale.
A member of the CIR team put together these lists on Amazon featuring all of the books we have on sale. Browse by genre to find that perfect book you’re looking for!
And remember, all of these titles are flinch-free and guilt-free!

Clean Indie Reads – Fall Sale Coming Soon!

I am so excited to announce that Clean Indie Reads is hosting a Fall Clean Book Sale. This is a massive sale with eBooks that range from free to $4.99. My novel, Calming the Storm, will be included in this sale and will be available for $0.99. 
The sale will take place October 5th – 11th. 
You will not want to miss it! 

Fall Clean Book Sale

Calming the Storm in Print!

Calming the Storm is now officially available in paperback! I’m so very excited about this. I personally buy most of my books on Kindle, but there are just some books I have to have in print. I won’t deny a certain satisfaction seeing a print copy of my book on my desk, either. 😉

Happy Friday!

I am very excited that it’s Friday. This last week has been one of those weeks where I really wanted to get a lot of progress made on this book I’m writing and it just didn’t happen. The reasons were all good ones, but I sure am happy to have a more laid-back weekend coming up!

I’m also looking forward to being able to share more about this next book with you all. It’s the first book in a series of three. I am still working on the title and the cover. It’s a little more of a challenge, simply because I’m working on the covers and titles for all three books so that they go well together. As soon as I have that figured out, I’ll start sharing more details. 

In other news, there are three more reviews up on Amazon for Calming the Storm. Thank you so much! I appreciate your taking the time to read the book and sharing your thoughts! 

The newest reviews about Calming the Storm:

Enjoyable Christian romance … by Sue Reviews  This was a very enjoyable Christian romance story. I enjoyed watching the relationship between the character blossom and grow. I found all the characters to be very likable. I’m not giving it five stars because some of it seems a bit far fetched to me. I also wasn’t sure about how I felt about the marriage considering they were unequally yoked yet his family all encouraged him to go for it. That’s actually unbiblical, Yet the story does play out in a way that really glorifies God. Overall I enjoyed it and would read another by this author.  

Great read … by Crystal B.  I loved the book. Great characters and setting and I loved how the romance developed. I would definitely recommend it.  

Five Stars … by Crystal J.   I loved the book! Very Good Clean Christian Book! 

Calming the Storm – The First Two Reviews!

I received my first two reviews for “Calming the Storm” on Amazon over the weekend. It was so exciting to see some feedback. Many thanks to the people who took the time to post those reviews, I appreciate it!

Here’s what people are saying about Calming the Storm: 

Just Finished It….by Gvolstad
I bought it because a good friends daughter-in-law wrote it. I started reading it right away and forced myself to put it down to go to bed last night! It met and exceeded my expectations…I want a continuation of the story to see where God will take the characters next…Please write another! 

beautiful by mommy2threereads 

Brought tears to my eyes and was a wonderful read! Truly one of a kind inspirational love story about trusting in God and in others!