Saturday, March 18, 2017

Things of Beauty: February

Early mornings and all nighters (okay, not quite, but it felt like it!) February was about everything farm for me, and did I love it! So much in fact, that I constantly find myself wondering, was there anything else in it?


Very Favorite Things
Arwen's and my first honest-to-goodness farm job, driving to said job with the country music blaring (more below), gobbling up a western story one cold rainy Sunday afternoon (I feel like a turkey saying that, but gobble is the word!), storybook gigantic snowflakes mixed with blossoms on the above Sunday (I could scarce believe the wonder of them).


Reading
Several things, and all of them lovely. The Man Called Noon by Louis L'Amour and The Fellowship of the Ring being definite highlights; you could say my reading was a bit diverse. :)


Writing
Did I write some story snippets? I think I did . . . ;) Blogging I did do, so words and I did brush shoulders several times at least. (Using the above photo gives me Much Joy, because "she is" the heroine of the story I'm currently editing. :))


Out-Of-Doors
Daffodils gone wild, and snow falling in front of blossom trees.


In the Kitchen
Making Communion bread for Church; speak of nerve wracking! :)


Discoveries

Country music.
Old style country (think Willie Nelson and Bobby Bare and you'll have the feel) I've always loved, but modern country? Not so much. Arwen would even play it and I would shudder at the sound. Then I found myself driving the gravel country roads with the sunrise brimming the grey hills, and at night when the lights on my dash were the brightest around... and it may just have slipped into my soul.

Chubby little piglets are seriously the cutest baby farm animals.

Farmwork - bit fingers and escaped animals included- fills my heart like nothing else.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cover Reveal: With Blossoms Gold by Hayden Wand


The moment I heard Hayden was releasing a single edition of her newest fairy-tale I knew I must be a part of it. I had yet to even read the story, but I had read her Beauty and the Beast retelling,  A Wulver's Rose, and there was that in it which, capturing my imagination, made me quite sure I would love With Blossoms Gold, too - and did I enjoy it!

That being so, today I'm over-the-moon thrilled to be part of the cover reveal...


Isn't it splendid? I love how deliciously rich the coloring is and the arrangement is, of course, perfectly stunning...

But what is it about ask you? Read on and you will know all -

She never wanted to leave the tower. He never wanted to rule the country.

Nella has lived quietly in her tower in the woods for over a decade. After dangerous accusations drove her and her grandmother away from their village, they escaped deep into the forest where no one would try to harm them. Now, after her grandmother's death, Nella is alone, and she is determined to stay that way. She has no patience for a world she deems judgmental and ignorant.

Or so she tells herself. In reality, her paralyzing fear prevents her from stepping foot outside of the tower.

Prince Benedict Allesandro is an adventurer- a rescuer who prides himself on saving the weak and unfortunate. When he hears rumors of a beautiful damsel trapped in a tower, he rushes to her rescue...only to find a woman who most definitely does not wish to be saved.

But when war breaks out, this reckless prince and reclusive maiden are faced with overcoming their deepest fears in order to determine not only their own fate, but that of their entire country.

Coming April 2, 2017

About the Author
Hayden Wand is the author of the novel HIDDEN PEARLS as well as the novella "The Wulver's Rose," which was published in the FIVE ENCHANTED ROSES collection. A Christian and a 2012 homeschool graduate, she currently attends a local college where she studies history and haunts the campus library. Hayden can be found on Goodreads or her blog.

Have you read this, or any other, of Hayden's stories? If not I recommend you do so at once. :)

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